Egypt presidential candidate repeats victory claim

In this Sunday, May 20, 2012 file photo, the Muslim Brotherhood's presidential candidate Mohammed Morsi holds a rally in Cairo, Egypt.

CAIRO (AP) — One of the two candidates for president of Egypt has repeated his claim of victory in weekend runoff elections.

The claim came from Ahmed Shafiq, who was deposed President Hosni Mubarak’s last prime minister. Shafiq’s runoff opponent, Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood, has also claimed victory. In his first news conference since the runoff, Shafiq accused the Brotherhood of “playing games” to put pressure on election authorities before announcement of the official results.

He also accused the group of striking “backdoor deals” with outside powers to sway the results and urged world capitals not to interfere. Officials postponed declaring a winner in the election, spurring political tensions and charges of deals, fraud and interference from Egypt’s ruling military council.-Yahoonews