With the results of Egypt’s first free election in six decades to be announced on Thursday, some Egyptians are not eager for the results.
In Egypts capital, Cairo, Tahrir Square, has become a symbol of the Egyptian uprising which resulted in the ousting of President Hosni Mubarak, which currently remains closed to traffic, as groups of sit-in protesters continue their two week camp at the site.
An overwhelming number of Egyptians voted on Monday and Tuesday, while others continue to camp in the main square with banners demanding the military give up power.
On the streets leading towards the ministry of interior, checkpoints are present after clashes between protestors and military forces took place on Nov. 18 leaving more than 40 protesters dead.
This followed with the transitional government stepping down from power. However demonstrators continue the sit-in protest to prevent the newly appointed prime minister by the military from gaining power.
"The elections that have taken place - well, the Military Council have put in place supra-constitutional principles. These supra-constitutional principles dictate, for example, that we can't discuss the military budget and nobody can revise it. How can that be? You're telling me that you as the army, or as the Military Council, decide whether we go to war. How can that be? So the next president, what will his job be exactly? It should be that I, as the president of a country, decide whether we go to war, and I consult you, I see whether my forces are ready or when they will be ready… that kind of thing. But don't come and say to me that the army is the highest power in the land," said Ahmed Omara, a medical doctor who volunteers in one of Tahrir square's ad hoc field clinics.
It is expected that the Muslim Brotherhood Egypt’s oldest and most organized Islamist group, the Freedom and Justice Party’ (FJP) are to gain and win the most seats in the new parliament.
"When I look at the Parliament that is going to be put in place, as the saying goes, the people who betrayed you in the square will betray you in parliament - The Muslim Brotherhood are now present because they made a deal with the Military Council. It's give and take. They didn't join us in the square, they didn't call for the revolution, we made the revolution… and the proof of this is last Saturday and the events on Mohamed Mahmoud Street [when security forces killed protesters], the young people came out, on their own, and they [the Muslim Brotherhood] did not come out at all," said Mahmoud Rashid, a protester.
Results will be released Thursday evening.
Ahmed Omara - a medical doctor
Mahmoud Rashid - a protester