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Egyptians await word on new president

Saturday, June 23, 2012 - 01:15

June 23 - Almost a week after voting in a landmark presidential election, Egyptians still don't know who their next leader will be. Andrew Raven reports.

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Protesters gather in downtown Cairo, anxiously waiting to hear who will be Egypt's next president. These men are supporters of Mohammed Morsy, the candidate of the Muslim Brotherhood who claimed victory following polls last weekend. But the official results have not been released - and many fear Egypt's interim military government may be trying to block Islamists from taking power. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SUPPORTER OF MOHAMED MORSY, THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, MAHMOUD MOHAMED FOUDA, SAYING: "The Military Council wants to retain a presence in the governing authority. They don't want to give up power. They don't want to go back to their bases and to just go and protect the borders. They don't want to serve the nation, to serve Egypt." (SOUNDBITE)(Arabic) SUPPORTER OF MORSY, ALI MADANY, SAYING: "It's nothing new for the authorities or military to lie. They have raised the Egyptian people on lies. They have taught us lies, and turned everything in Egypt into a lie." Morsi claimed he won about 52 percent of the vote, edging Ahmed Shafik, a former prime minister widely seen as the military's preferred choice for the presidency. The official results are due this weekend. Andrew Raven, Reuters.

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Egyptians await word on new president

Saturday, June 23, 2012 - 01:15