Egyptian supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood react to speeches at a gathering to celebrate a premature victory for their presidential candidate Mohamed Morsi in Tahrir Square in Cairo June 19. Egyptian candidates Mohamed Morsi and Ahmed Shafiq contested in the second round of voting for the country's president held over two days of voting last weekend. Despite official results not having been announced, the Muslim Brotherhood are claiming victory for their presidential candidate Mohamed Morsi.
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The fact that not all the votes had been counted before Mohammed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate for the Egyptian presidency, declared victory on Monday was of little comfort to the country’s sizeable Christian minority, which fears an Islamic takeover.
The uncertainty surrounding the election — by Tuesday, both Morsi and Ahmed Shafiq, the former prime minister and Morsi’s old-guard competitor, said they had won — has left Egyptians, and especially the country’s 8 million to 10 million Coptic Christians, deeply worried about the future.
The presidential runoff was the final step in an exhausting months-long election process that followed the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak...READ MORE