Egypt Military To Hand Over Power By End of June

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's official news agency quotes a senior member of the ruling military council as saying the generals will hand over power to the newly elected president at the end of the month.

The Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's most powerful political group, claims that its candidate, Mohammed Morsi, defeated Ahmed Shafiq, Hosni Mubarak's last prime minister.

Throughout the campaign, Morsi's opponents warned that the Brotherhood would turn Egypt into an Islamic state, curbing freedoms and consigning Christians and women to second-class citizenship.

Coptic Christian and former member of parliament Mona Makram Ebeid said her community will hold Morsi "accountable for all the pledges that he made" to respect the rights of women and Christians and freedom of the press.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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