CAIRO — Egypt’s ruling military council on Friday blamed the Muslim Brotherhood for raising tensions by releasing presidential election results early and insisted its recent decisions that granted the generals sweeping powers were necessary for running the country.
The military statement comes as tens of thousands rallied in Cairo’s Tahrir Square to support the Brotherhood’s candidate for president, Mohammed Morsi. The protesters also denounced what they call the military’s power grab. The generals last week issued a constitutional declaration that gave them sweeping powers.
The Brotherhood declared Morsi the winner hours after polls closed this weekend. Its claim was contested by Morsi’s rival, Ahmed Shafiq, who was Hosni Mubarak’ s last prime minister. The official results were to be announced Thursday but authorities postponed it. The military council also rebuffed calls for reinstating the parliament.