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Friday, June 22, 2012

Protesters Make Their Anger Heard In Egypt’s Tahrir Square

Egyptian men chant anti-Supreme Council for the Armed Forces (SCAF) slogans in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday. (AP)

Tens of thousands of Egyptians are back in Tahrir Square, protesting a decision by Egypt’s ruling military to postpone the release of results from last weekend’s presidential elections and moves by the generals to strip much of the next president’s authority.

Most of the protesters are supporters of the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood, which claims its candidate, Mohammed Morsi, won out over Ahmed Shafiq, who was the last prime minister of ousted President Hosni Mubarak.

The country’s ruling military slapped back at protesters Friday in a statement. The Supreme council of Armed Forces blamed divisions in the country on the premature claim of victory and is refusing to reinstate the Muslim Brotherhood-led parliament, which a court dissolved last week.

Thanassis Cambanis, Boston Globe columnist, writes that Egypt is awash with rumors that have set the population on edge.

He tells Here & Now‘s Robin Young that it is likely both sides cheated in the election and the liberals who began the Egyptian revolution are divided over whom to support. Cambanis says he expects a “long and tough slog against military power.”

Guest:

  • Thanassis Cambanis, Boston Globe columnist working on a book about post-Mubarak Egypt

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