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Brotherhood made 'secret' deals with Upper Egypt's tribes: El-Kharabawi
Leading Brotherhood figures met with key southern families to negotiate political support in exchange for parliamentary seats 'like Mubarak did', former member claims
Ahram Online , Wednesday 2 Jan 2013
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Ex-member of the Muslim Brotherhood Tharwat El-Kharabawi (Photo: Al-Ahram)

Muslim Brotherhood leaders have held secret meetings with members of the most influential families and tribes in Upper Egypt to secure their political support in return for parliamentary seats, ex-Brotherhood member Tharwat El-Kharabawi told  Sada El-Balad TV network Tuesday.

"Mubarak used to follow the same approach; those people will abide by the Muslim Brotherhood agenda if they are guaranteed parliamentary seats in the next elections," El-Kharabawi said. 

El-Kharabawi added that the Brotherhood is gradually losing its popular base due to their weak performance in office, pointing out that its leadership had counted on the southern regions to pass the recently-approved referendum on the post-revolutionary, yet controversial, constitution.  

Upper Egypt governorates saw some of the highest percentages of "Yes" votes across the country: the national charter was approved by 89 per cent of voters in Fayoum and 79 per cent in Sohag.

Overall the constitution was passed by 63.5 per cent of the country's votes.  

The well-known lawyer called on Egyptians to think carefully before supporting any of the political forces that use "Islamist slogans" and added that people needed to question the statement and claims being propagated by such groups.





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MPA
03-01-2013 08:10pm
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Wow are they Still Whining?
For Pete's sake if you people did more grassroots campaigning than crying to the media about how unfair it is that the Brotherhood keeps winning at the polls, you guys would actually be competitive.
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Fayza Ahmed
02-01-2013 09:17pm
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unprofessional conduct
You phrase the report in a way suggesting fraudulent conduct. How could the Ikhwan distribute parliamentary seats to tribemen in the south? Wouldn't an MP have to run for election and be elected in order to Join parliament? For God's sake, don't let your venomous hatred of the Ikhwan interfer with your reportorial standards.
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Nora
02-01-2013 07:42pm
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El-Kharabawi, what's in the name?
A.O presented no evidences to support Mr. El-Kharabawi's claim. We need better journalism, and fair research beyond the headline. Out of respect for the history of Al-Ahram, please verify your sources. Some of us have turned to Morsi's side to counter balance the media. Egyptians deserve better than tabloid media.
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Saif Khalil
02-01-2013 02:17pm
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Quote
"Cruel leaders are replaced only to have new leaders turn cruel." - Che
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