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Egypt's secular forces condemn US support for Muslim Brotherhood candidate
Secular parties express discontent with Muslim Brotherhood and reject what they claim is Washington's endorsement of the Islamist group
Ahram Online, Saturday 23 Jun 2012
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Egyptian secular and liberal parties sounded dissatisfaction over the reported support of the US for Muslim Brotherhood's presidential candidate, Mohamed Morsi, but affirmed they would accept the results of the elections due to be announced Sunday.

During a press conference Saturday, representatives of the Free Egyptians Party, the Democratic Front Party, the Revolution Continues Coalition, the Tagammu Party and the Kifaya Movement opened fire on the Brotherhood, voicing suspicion over the group's sudden change of stance towards the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF).

The conference came after the Brotherhood announced Friday its concessions to revolutionary movements, guaranteeing their representation in both the government-to-be and the Constituent Assembly, in order to form a unified front against SCAF's alleged attempt to hold onto power.

The speakers, mostly parliamentarians, condemned the current scene in Tahrir Square, where tens of thousands of Islamists together with other revolutionary movements are staging a sit-in against SCAF's addendum to the March 2011 Constitutional Declaration, which gives the miltiary council unprecedented authorities, and against the dissolution of parliament's lower house, the People's Assembly, describing the scene as "the monopolisation of the revolution."

"Those who are now attacking SCAF were the first to embrace an alliance with them," said Ahmed Said, a member and co-founder of the Free Egyptians Party, confirming that liberal parties have refused military rule since day one.

Said further blamed the current "dilemma" on the Brotherhood approved Constitutional Declaration announced by SCAF on 30 March 2011, that put elections before the drafting of a new constitution.

Speaking also at the press conference was politician and co-founder of the Democratic Front Party Osama Ghazali Harb who attacked the Muslim Brotherhood's attempt to gather people in Tahrir Square, describing it as "a behaviour that only reflects their fear and an attempt to manipulate the election result by force."

Ghazali Harb recently announced his support for Ahmed Shafiq in the elections second round run-off.

Several speakers at the press conference further condemned what they believe to be US intervention in Egypt's domestic affairs. Harb claimed the US was pressuring SCAF to hand over power to the Muslim Brotherhood.

"We refuse that the reason someone wins is because he is backed by the Americans," said Harb demanding that the Brotherhood should refuse US intervention.

"The revolution will continue until we break free of military rulie," added parliamentarian Mustafa El-Gendy.

Founder of the Kifaya Movement, George Ishak, however, expressed his optimism over the coming period, adding that "a third political current, neither affiliated with religious groups nor the military, will pave its way."

Ishak claimed that an appeal against the Constituent Assembly will be looked at Tuesday, underlining the need to form a "real" constituent assembly that will replace the current "disappointing" Constitutional Declaration and write a constitution that "truly represents Egypt's identity."





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Ira Straus
26-06-2012 07:28pm
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right about bad US policy, wrong about the reasons
You’re right that the US has been supporting the MB. Because it inevitably would become the Power in a majoritarian electoral democracy. And electoral democracy is what the US is promoting. US is promoting it on Principle, even though it's against the US interest. And against vital interests of nearly the entire world. US is promoting MB partly BECAUSE it is against the US interest. This makes it feel PRINCIPLED to promote it. (Even though other Western principles, many of them more important than majority rule, will get destroyed in the process.) This self-destructive Principled policy is supposed to refute the false conspiracy-theory narrative in the Mideast about how the US is cheating on its principles, using double standards against Muslims in order to promote its selfish interest. That is how Sec. Clinton explained it, when she was telling Congress why she wanted to make sure the US wouldn't get any benefit out of a potential intervention in Libya. Clinton wanted t
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Bill Lee
26-06-2012 05:13am
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wake up and rise up
"discontented"? Show some courage and denounce the US regime for crimes against humanity.
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John Gilberts
25-06-2012 02:16am
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Egyptian people correctly between a rock and a hard place
The people made a correct decision that as between a SCAF president and a MB candidate, it would be easier to deal with or remove the MB candidate than the SCAF one. In any case, the revolution will go forward and the people united can never be defeated.
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alatif
24-06-2012 05:29pm
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Egypt's secular.
The Future Society will be Free Society, all Element of Oppression, Cruelty, and Force will be Destroyed. Prosperity, and Liberty with Justice For All Citizen in this Earth.Non Discrimination based on race,religion,nationality,gender,age etc. America is champion of democracy,Egypt should learn from America,other wise democratic system in Egypt will become dictator and oppressive, and cruelty, discrimination toward non Islami. This will be dangerous for egypt-society.
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Mark Croy
24-06-2012 02:32pm
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BROTHERHOOD SOLD EGYPT OUT
Has it not been obvious that the Brotherhood long ago made a deal (with US blessing) with SCAF? Has this not been obvious in Egypt? It is obvious to those of us outside of Egypt. The Brotherhood and the military are quite happy with turning Egypt into Pakistan....PAKISTAN for the love of God. Will Egypt accept this blueprint for their future?
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um abdullah
24-06-2012 10:56am
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Who did the people choose?
Surely the one who the people chose should be the president. - and all unofficial results so far point to Mursi - even the judges said that Mursi had won after they had counted the results. SCAF have to give a very good explanation if they choose otherwise!
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MKE
24-06-2012 09:47am
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US SUPPORT MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD
I believe 100% that Obama administration do support Muslim Brotherhood, Just look at the USA and see how much Muslim Brotherhood has access to the white House, CIA, FBI, and other US Agencies. Obama Administration gave them the power to review any law or policy before he sign it in to law to make sure it does not conflict with their believes, but these privileges was never given to any religion before. They forced the US Agencies and the Obama administration to put restriction on all kind of media, TV, News Paper not to mention anything about Islamic Jihad, Obama confused the American people by siding strongly with any Muslim organization regardless what their bylaws calling for, like “ DISTROWING THE WEST AND THE USA FROM WITHEN”. I am not surprised if Obama support the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, he was the first at calling the Muslim Brotherhood to get involved in the political process in Egypt and ask them to get in to the street with the other revolutionary that kicked Mubarak o
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Ray
26-06-2012 03:37am
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Reply to ESL
I read here that you are telling MKE the US government does not have control of the main stream media. Well, there is a true and false statement here. First, the government does not have control, but they allow the owners of the media control what is put out for people to hear or read. If you would do an in depth search of who really owns, "has total control and say so", the main media you would find that the news people have very strict guidelines to go by. If any of them say what is not on the paper or teleprompter they get sent let us say they are sent to the principal’s office for prompt discipline, and maybe even fired. Next, money has total control over any man, any country, and any military; “OVER ALL.” To the Elite, on one has any value when it comes to adding just one penny to their already trillion dollar wallet. All I ask is that you watch closely as the Elite’s, such as the Rothschilds and Rockefellers, main agenda unfolds. The New World Order is part of that agenda. As for
ESL
24-06-2012 06:21pm
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George Ischak would be more inline with the US Govt sentiments that Egypt or any country would have a government that represents the business and welfare of the people without fear of religious or Miltary intimidation.Religion is personal and military is for the protection of the state.And for your inforamation our US government does not control the press! Any fool can see that on the internet!
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Fareed
24-06-2012 09:13am
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don't parrot disinformation and lies
Claiming that the US is supporting the Muslim brotherhood amounts to committing fornication with truth, it is a total lie. America's supports the liberals, probably the leftists as well. Newspapers and media outlets should not parrot lies and disinformation.
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Salman
24-06-2012 08:30am
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MB Support
President Husain Obama supports the MB... NOT Americans... there is a difference!!!
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Farida
24-06-2012 07:45am
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Stop blaming the US for everything and start taking control of your own lives.
I'm an Egyptian muslim and a liberal and I hate the MB but blaming the US for EVERY SINGLE thing is ridiclous. The blame game is overcooked.
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Bill Lee
26-06-2012 05:16am
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you are a CIA flunkey
US fascist regime is to blame!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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