Egypt’s military takes credit for strong election turnout
Perceived success takes wind out of Cairo protests
Egypt’s military rulers were quick to take credit yesterday for a strong turnout in the first elections since Hosni Mubarak’s ouster, a vote that appeared to be the country’s freest and fairest in living memory. The military did not field candidates in the parliamentary vote. But winning bragging rights for a smooth, successful, and virtually fraud-free election would significantly boost the ruling generals in their bitter struggle with youthful protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square calling for them to transfer power immediately to a civilian authority.