FJP's El-Beltagi warns of plan to hold fresh Egypt elections

Ahram Online, Sunday 24 Jun 2012

Mohamed El-Beltagi says 'powerful forces' are pushing to hold re-elections in certain governorates to 'give Shafiq eventual victory'

Mohamed El Beltagy
Brotherhood's leader Mohamed El Beltagy (Photo: Reuters)

Mohamed El-Beltagi of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party declared on his Facebook page Sunday – as the nation awaited final presidential elections results – that, "After failing to fabricate a Shafiq win, powerful forces are now trying to create a situation in which elections are repeated in certain governorates in order to give Shafiq an eventual victory in a less tense atmosphere."

El-Beltagi added that this was the main reason for Saturday's protests in Nasr City, in which tens of thousands of Shafiq supporters chanted slogans against Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi. This, said El-Beltagi, was an attempt to prepare public opinion for the idea of holding fresh elections.

He added that Egypt's judicial authorities should "stop playing with fire and announce the presidential elections results, which should be honest, since Egypt's honourable judges signed off on them."

El-Beltagi concluded by saying: "We will continue the revolution with our souls and defend the people's right to realise the revolution's main demands: change, freedom and social justice." 

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