Egypt military to hand over power by end of June

Associated Press
Neighborhood residents outside a polling station in the Abdeen neighborhood of Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, June 17, 2012. For some Egyptians waiting on Sunday in sweltering heat to vote on the second day of presidential elections, their choice has been rendered essentially meaningless with the military poised to hold onto the lion's share of power no matter who wins. (AP Photo/Pete Muller)

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CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's official news agency is quoting 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.

In a Monday report, it quoted Maj. Gen. Mohammed al-Assar as saying the transfer of power will take place in a "grand ceremony." He gave no exact date.

The winner of the presidential runoff held this weekend will be officially announced on Thursday. The Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's most powerful political group, claimed early Monday that its candidate, Mohammed Morsi, had defeated Ahmed Shafiq, Hosni Mubarak's last prime minister.

Al-Assar did not mention Morsi by name.

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