Egypt: Army sends stern message amid growing tensions with Muslim Brotherhoods
Egypt's ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) has criticized the publication of unofficial results of the presidential election and said it would act with "firmness" against any threat to public and private interests. In a statement issued Friday, it said the unofficial results have caused tensions in the street.
The candidate of the Muslim Brotherhood Mohamed Morsi and former Prime Minister Hosni Mubarak, Ahmed Shafiq, have both proclaimed their victory in the presidential election before the official announcement by the country's electoral commission.
The army "will act with the greatest firmness against any attempt to undermine the public and private interests , "said SCAF in its statement read on state television. While reiterating its respect for the right to demonstrate peacefully without endangering the public and private interests, the army called on all "parties to avoid actions that would endanger national security."
SCAF's statement was issued when thousands of protesters had gathered at Tahrir Square in Cairo, following calls by the Muslim Brotherhood who threatened the military with "confrontation with the people" if their candidate is not recognized as the winner of the presidential vote.