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Muslim Brotherhood supporters rally as Egypt awaits election result

Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood presidential candidate Mohamed Morsi attend a rally in Cairo's Tahrir Square on June 21, 2012.
Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood presidential candidate Mohamed Morsi attend a rally in Cairo's Tahrir Square on June 21, 2012.Khaled Desouki / AFP - Getty Images

Agence France Presse reports — Egypt is braced for a showdown between the military and the Muslim Brotherhood as the electoral commission delayed announcing the winner of a presidential poll claimed by the Islamists.

A delay in announcing the results from the run-off, which had been due on Thursday, heightened fears of a "soft coup" by the ruling military, which has already disbanded the Islamist-led parliament and granted itself sweeping powers.