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Egyptians demand presidential election results in Cairo's Tahrir Square

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Egyptian protesters shout slogans during a demonstration against the delay of the Egyptian Presidential results and the military rulers, in Tahrir square, Cairo, on June 22. Egyptians were rallying in central Cairo to demand that the ruling military council expedites the handover of power and abolishes the interim constitution that effectively tightens its grip on power. The Muslim Brotherhood and several other Islamist groups are supporting the rally in Tahrir Square, the focal point of a popular uprising that forced Hosni Mubarak from power in February 2011.

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A general view shows supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood's presidential candidate Mohamed Morsy shouting slogans during a demonstration against the delay of the Egyptian presidential results and to protest against the Supreme Council for the Armed Forces (SCAF) at Tahrir square in Cairo on June 22. Egypt's ruling military council criticized the two presidential candidates for making premature claims of victory on Friday and said it would stand by a decree limiting the new president's powers, which many see as prolonging military rule.

Reuters reports -- Cairo -- Thousands of flag-waving protesters filled Cairo's Tahrir Square for Friday prayers as Egypt's presidential candidates, an Islamist and former general, accused each other of trying to steal an election whose result is still not known five days on.

The Muslim Brotherhood, whose candidate Mohammed Morsi says he has already won, called on supporters to gather at the birthplace of last year's Arab Spring revolt until the ruling military council rescinds orders that curb the new president's powers and dissolved the new, Islamist-led parliament.

The delay in announcing the results of two days of voting which ended on Sunday also raised fears that the army may try to swing the election to Ahmed Shafiq, a former air force commander whom Mubarak made prime minister just before his fall.

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The Muslim Brotherhood's presidential candidate Mohammed Morsi, center, performs Friday prayers in Amr Ibn Al-As mosque in Cairo, Egypt, on June 22. Egypt's ruling military council blamed Friday the Muslim Brotherhood for raising tensions in the country by releasing election results early and insisted its recent decisions granting the generals sweeping powers were necessary for running the country.

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Egyptian supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood's candidate for president, Mohammed Morsi, display his poster and wave a national flag from on top of a light pole in Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt, on June 22. Egypt's ruling military council on Friday blamed the Muslim Brotherhood for raising tensions by releasing presidential election results early and insisted its recent decisions that granted the generals sweeping powers were necessary for running the country.

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Supporters of Muslim Brotherhood's presidential candidate Mohamed Morsy stand under giant Egyptian flags during a demonstration against the delay of the Egyptian presidential results and the Supreme Council for the Armed Forces (SCAF) at Tahrir Square in Cairo on June 22. Egypt's ruling military council criticized the two presidential candidates for making premature claims of victory on Friday and said it would stand by a decree limiting the new president's powers, which many see as prolonging military rule.