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Egypt's army vows to hand over power to elected president

  • Egypt's ruling military council has promised to hand over power to an elected president by the end of June.

    The pledge comes as votes continue to be counted following Sunday's presidential run-off election, with both candidates claiming they are ahead.

    The Muslim Brotherhood's Mohammed Mursi ran against Ahmed Shafiq, who served as prime minister under ousted President Hosni Mubarak.

    Mursi holds a 52 to 48 percent lead over Shafiq, according to the Brotherhood.

    Official results from the Higher Presidential Election Commission will be announced on Thursday.

    The Supreme Council of Armed Forces (Scaf) had earlier issued a declaration granting itself sweeping powers over legislation and the introduction of a new constitution.

    The declaration issued late on Sunday also strips the president of any authority over the army.

    The military affirmed themselves Egypt's lawmakers after parliament was dissolved last week.