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Frayed nerves in Egypt as election results loom

Frayed nerves in Egypt as election results loom
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The decision of Egypt’s Presidential Election Commission to delay announcing the results of last weekend’s presidential run-off has added to the uncertainty stalking the streets of Cairo.

To compound the political and constitutional turmoil the announcement that ousted former president Hosni Mubarak is seriously ill in hospital has cranked up the insecurity.

On Tahrir Square, the seat of the recent revolution, politics dominates.

One man complained: “They say they are studying the complaints of the candidates. This issue does not need more than 24 hours and the results will come out, they are playing with our nerves, but thank Allah we will have patience until the results are released.”

The health of Egypt’s former president Hosni Mubarak remains shrouded in mystery.

The 84-year-old was pronounced “clinically dead” on Tuesday by state media, a claim hotly disputed by the ruling military council.

Many Egyptians remain unmoved by their former leaders predicament.

“If he was a man who had dignity he would bring the money he smuggled overseas, knowing that he is going to die and God will hold him to account for it. And he will be held to account for the 80 million Egyptians who went hungry, who he stole from and left thirsty, and those he killed,” said one Cairo resident.

Mubarak has suffered breathing problems and severe depression since he was ousted from power on 11 February last year.