Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood rally in Cairo
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Muslim Brotherhood in claims of 'military coup' in Egypt

18 June 2012 Last updated at 22:53 BST

Egypt's ruling military council has vowed to hand over power to an elected president by the end of June.

The promise comes as votes are counted after Sunday's presidential run-off election, with both candidates claiming they are ahead in early results.

However, the council had earlier issued a declaration granting itself sweeping powers over legislation and the introduction of a new constitution.

Opposition groups condemned the declaration as a "coup".

Rupert Wingfield Hayes reports.