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Latest developments of Egypt's presidential run-off official results
by Steph Boone
Tuesday Jun 19th, 2012 12:24 AM
Judge Farouk Sultan, head of the Presidential Elections Committee in Egypt, has declined the responsibility for the information on the election’s results, which were published in mass media earlier Monday, Egyptian TV reports.
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Judge Farouk Sultan, head of the Presidential Elections Committee in Egypt, has declined the responsibility for the information on the election’s results, which were published in mass media earlier Monday, Egyptian TV reports.

The High Presidential Elections Commission said it was still compiling results from polling stations and will announce the official results of the country's first real presidential vote on Thursday.

"We have nothing to do with the results being circulated," senior committee official Judge Maher el-Beheiry said.

Earlier on Monday, the Muslim Brotherhood movement announced the victory of the candidate Mohammed Mursi over the former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq.

"I thank God who led us and the people of Egypt for this blessed revolution, that guided the people of Egypt to this path of democracy and freedom," Mursi told a Cairo news conference on Monday.

Meanwhile, in Gaza strip, Hamas head Ismail Haniyeh congratulated Mohammed Mursi for his victory in Egypt's elections.

Hamas supporters handed out sweets in the streets and supporters headed towards the home of Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh to congratulate him.

On the other hand, the Muslim Brotherhood announcement was immediately rejected by the camp of Shafiq, a retired general considered as the candidate of the army which holds the reins of the country since the fall of Mubarak. "We reject it completely," said Mahmoud Barakeh, a campaign official of Mr. Shafiq. "We are surprised by this bizarre behavior which amounts to hijacking the election result," he added.

Moreover, in a statement, Egypt's higher military council assumed vast powers greatly reducing the powers of the future president. The new provisions, hotly contested by the Muslim Brotherhoods and the revolutionary movements, are contained in a supplementary statement issued by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF). The new document states that the SCAF exercises legislative powers "until the election of a new People's Assembly." This election can not take place before drafting a new constitution by an ad hoc committee and its adoption "through a referendum," it said.

Drafting the new constitution will be entrusted to a "constitutional commission representing all segments of society" and who have three months to complete its work, it added. The SCAF is also in line to veto any item it deems "contrary to the interests of the country."

The text also gives the right to form a new SCAF constitutional commission if the current instance, dominated by Islamists, prevents it from performing its work." The declaration also provides that SCAF chief Marshal Hussein Tantaw "has the power to decide all matters within the armed forces, the appointment of its commanders and the extension of their service."

However, political analysts and Egyptian Experts believe that if legislative and executive powers had been given to the Muslim Brotherhood, this would have become a nightmare for the military council .