Thousands of flag-waving protesters have filled Cairo’s Tahrir Square for Friday prayers as
Egypt’s presidential candidates continue their war of words over who won or lost the election.
Another two days of uncertainty and name calling seem likely over the weekend. With confidence ebbing away in a process Egyptians hoped would secure democracy, some fear an outbreak of violence.
One demonstator said he came to protest over the closure of parliament and the failure to announce Mohammed Morsy, the Islamist Brotherhood candidate as winner: “We need to fulfill the targets of the revolution,” he added.
Former general and Hosni Mubarak’s last prime minister, Ahmed Shafik has appealed for calm and unity until an official result is known.
At a televised address he also promised to include opponents in his administration, expressing confidence that he would be declared the winner.
Adding to the unease, Mubarak is himself back in the news, having been transferred to a military hospital from the prison where he began a life sentence this month. Security sources say the 84-year-old is slipping in and out of a coma but stabilising.