June 18th, 2012
08:32 AM ET

Egyptian military holds on to power despite presidential vote

An Islamist backed by the Muslim Brotherhood declared victory as Egypt's first democratically elected president even as the country's military rulers issued a decree that virtually stripped the position of power.

The move by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces - the military rulers in control since the ouster of Hosni Mubarak - came Sunday at the conclusion of a two-day presidential runoff, adding to the political turmoil that raised questions about the stability of the fragile democracy.

Even with no constitution, no parliament and, possibly, no power, the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsi declared victory late Sunday over Ahmed Shafik, who was Egypt's last prime minister in the waning days of Mubarak's regime.

Shafik, though, refused to concede, saying votes were to still to be tallied in his stronghold districts, including portions of Cairo.

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  1. saywhat

    "An Islamist" declared victory in Egypt's presidential elections?
    What kind of a nonsense is that reporting??
    Egypt is a predominantly muslim country. Majority belong to the faith Islam. Mohammad Morsi an Egytian has been popularly elected in Egyptian elections. Great journalism
    An Evangelist George W or a Mormonist Romney or a Christianist Newt Gingrich ??

    June 18, 2012 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    The 300'000 strong army of Mubarak goons, thugs and torturers refuse to cede power to a people's representative. So what's new?

    June 18, 2012 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  3. bobcat (in a hat)©,

    I can't believe that. I, like everyone else here I'm sure, just knew the military would relinquish power like they said they would. I've got to say that i'm truly shocked by these developments. ( OK, who's going to be first to take my comment seriously ? )

    @ saywhat

    I saw on the news last night where the brotherhood was claiming victory even though a couple million votes were left to be counted. I left a comment on one of these other blogs last night more or less saying what this headline says.
    It doesn't matter who "wins" this election, the military is always going to be the force calling the shots.

    June 18, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    Thats about it @bobcat.
    Hope you are enjoying your day.

    June 18, 2012 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    Egypt's military wants to retain power?
    Oh, my.
    I'm shocked.
    (Eye roll)

    June 18, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. mickey1313

    Better to be ruled by a military junta, rather then then sheria law, which the Muslim brotherhood wishs to impose. Just my opinion though.

    June 18, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    lmao ok i guess this is ALMOST as good as one of your jokes bobcat! Nah, i like the jokes much better.

    June 18, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    lol @ mickey, we all have one! Oh yea and we all have opinions too lmao! 😉

    June 18, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    lol omg bobcat, maybe i was a little hasty on my comment! Lmao im teasin you of course.

    June 18, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. HIDE BEHIND

    The Muslim Brotherhood is not a major within Islamics of Egypt and hasn't had any real influence within any nation for tens of years now.
    Hundreds of candidates were denied a place in the elections and the only thing "democratic"about this farce is they, majority of commons, got to vote.
    The Commons, meaning populace as total and not a derogatory, had more Representation before this so called Re olution began, and the hype of the democracy addicts within US have only aided in conslidation of powers into fewer hands than Egypt has had since days of Pharos.

    June 18, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. chrissy

    Getting to vote dont mean SQUAT if your votes dont count!

    June 18, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Philip

    What would you folks think if Egypt did exactly as our founding fathers?
    Our first president wanted our nation founded on economic prosperity based on an honest work ethic, strong family ties, and faith in God rather than being militaristic like England.
    No, not the militant George Washington. He only became our 6th president after his troops marched on Congress in Philadelphia and demanded payment for "service" rendered or else they would make George King of America. Congress then bowed to troops demands, made George the 6th President, and promised to pay troops who had "served" God&Country payment for their "loyal service".

    June 18, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |