Egypt’s ruling military council warned that it will act with “utmost determination and force” to prevent chaos in the country amid rising protests against the widening of army powers and suspension of parliament.
The council, in a statement on state television, said that orders issued in the name of the people should be respected, and the decree it issued that appropriates powers to the military at the expense of the presidency was necessary.
The statement comes as Egypt awaits official results from the presidential election to choose a successor to Hosni Mubarak, ousted in a popular uprising last year. The two candidates, the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Mursi and former premier Ahmed Shafik, have both claimed they are the winner.
The army council said it’s “not justified” to announce results before they are officially declared. The results were originally due yesterday, then postponed, and are now expected within the next two days.
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