Egypt army chides candidates, stands by decree


Egypt’s ruling military council criticised the two presidential candidates for making premature claims of victory and said it would stand by a decree curbing the new president’s powers, which many see as prolonging military rule.

In a statement broadcast on state television, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) said it was “not justified” for candidates – an Islamist and a former general contesting the run-off – to claim they were sure of results giving them victory. It said such claims were sowing division and confusion, Reuters reports.