On Tuesday, the campaign of Ahmed Shafik, the last prime minister under the regime of deposed Egyptian strongman Hosni Mubarak, proclaimed victory in Egypt's presidential election, countering claims by the Muslim Brotherhood that its candidate, Mohammed Morsi, was the winner. The move has deepened concerns that Mubarak's former allies are taking back power in a "soft coup," after a court dissolved the Muslim Brotherhood-dominated parliament and the military issued an interim constitution giving itself broad new powers.
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