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Egyptian military source: 'SCAF won't let Brotherhood seize power'
Military council 'determined not to let Muslim Brotherhood seize power,' says military source, asserting that SCAF 'won't relinquish power until new constitution is issued'
Ahmed Eleiba, Ahram Online, Wednesday 20 Jun 2012
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Field Marshall Hussein Tantawi and Annan (Photo: Reuters)

A military source who spoke to Ahram Online on condition of anonymity spelt out the ruling military council's position on Egypt's current uncertain political situation, in which the Muslim Brotherhood appears to stand on the verge of winning the presidency.

"The military council is determined not to allow the Muslim Brotherhood to seize power," said the source. "It will not relinquish the reins of power until a new constitution is issued and the arena is set for a balanced political process."

"There are political forces that want to discredit the political process by making people believe that matters are being decided by political deals," he added. "To avoid any sudden shifts that could lead to confrontation and drive the situation to the brink, the military council remains the only force capable of regulating the political process so as to preserve the stability of the state."

"The United States and the European Union have both been sending messages reflecting their preference for [the Muslim Brotherhood's] Mohamed Morsi as Egypt's president," the source said. "In the belief that they enjoy this support, the group has adopted a policy of pressuring Egypt's interim rulers regarding upcoming political arrangements."

"Moreover, the Muslim Brotherhood's guidance bureau has been exchanging messages with the US – to which Israel is privy – containing reassurances about the group's stance on Hamas, Gaza and the Camp David accords," he added. "It remains unclear, however, whether the US would prefer to see Morsi or Shafiq in Egypt's highest office."

The source further explained that the Muslim Brotherhood had escalated the situation to the point where it had "unacceptably" protested the recent High Constitutional Court verdict that led to the dissolution of Egypt's Islamist-led parliament and attempted to monopolise the Constituent Assembly responsible for drafting a new constitution. Any future talks between the two sides, therefore, the source said, "will be of a confrontational, rather than friendly, nature."

"For the first time in its history, the Muslim Brotherhood is adopting a confrontational attitude, after having long depended on a policy of negotiation," the source said. "Their performance during the transitional phase put them in a weaker position than ever, and now they're doing everything they can to regain their popular support base."

Following the constitutional court ruling that led to parliament's dissolution, the military council issued an addendum to last year's Constitutional Declaration, in which it reassumed parliament's legislative powers until fresh parliamentary elections can be held. It also assumed the authority to select constituent assembly members, which had, under last year's Constitutional Declaration, been the sole prerogative of Egypt's first post-Mubarak parliament.

Final results of Egypt's contentious presidential runoff will likely be announced on Saturday or Sunday, according to a Wednesday statement by the Supreme Presidential Elections Commission. The announcement had originally been scheduled for Thursday. 





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Tony
21-06-2012 07:46pm
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I love SCAF
people hear saying america and Israel are behind SCAF no this is all rubbish as i am someone that lives in the UK and hears different opinions every day from different cultures and they all say one thing NO ONE WANTS THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOODS no one wants them. as some people in egypt love abed el nasr and the people that voted for MB are the lovers of Nasr well at least a lot of them, see on youtube what his opinion was about the muslim brother hoods adel Nasr was a muslim we got ride of Mubarak monopoly and now we will get the muslim brother hood monopoly. Going back to Scaf no one on this planet conrol Scaf they do what they want to do e.g. when the HEAD of THE AMERICAN ARMY CAME TO CARIO TO GET THE DEMOCRATIC WORKERS OUT OF THE CONTRY AND GET THEM ON THIS PLANE BACK TO WASHINGTON THEY SAID TO HIM NOOO YES THEY WERE RELEASED LATER BUT FOR A PRICE. for people in egypt don't sell your voice for breed and a kilo of meat and 12 eggs. the damage the MB will do to our country will be worse
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Kevin
21-06-2012 03:35pm
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In 15 years...
So, in 15 years or so when the MB does have control over parliament and the presidency, will the SCAF step in and kick them out? The elections were held, the people voted for who they wanted in power, time to live with it! Egypt has gone from one dictatorship (Mubarak) to a new dictatorship (SCAF).
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mohamed belal
21-06-2012 12:52am
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SCAF IS ENEMY OF THE STATE
SCAF is USA & Israel occupation by proxy I think islamic power at egypt by the win of morsi persuaded the west ,usa,israel that your agent is not good enough you need to negotiate directly and that what SCAF fight for as an agent. Finally, i think power of our people will force SCAF to confess his defeat at last election and we will enter to next level of the game
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amir
20-06-2012 11:42pm
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american slave
Egyptian army is taking orders from Apiac, US , they wont let civilian to take power in this case M B clearly won both election parliament and president election , it was preplanned to dissolve parliament on advice of U S , the generals should look what happend to mubarak they may be next god willing
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