June 22 - Thousands of Egyptians, mainly Islamists, gather in Cairo's Tahrir Square for Friday prayers, with the result of last week's presidential poll still not known. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
Thousands of Egyptians filled Cairo's Tahrir Square for Friday prayers as Egypt's presidential candidates, an Islamist and a former general, accused each other of trying to steal an election whose result is still not known five days on. A result is not expected until Saturday or Sunday, giving the country a tense weekend. Confidence is ebbing away in a process Egyptians hoped would secure the democracy they thought they had won with blood spilt on the square over a year ago. The military which has promised to hand power to civilians by July 1, dissolved a new, Islamist-led parliament on the eve of the presidential run-off and then issued a decree as polls closed setting strict limits on the powers of whoever would be elected president.