Nile Tensions Rise Between Junta, Islamists (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gavriel Queenann 03/26/12)
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Egypt’s military ruler Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi on Sunday
expressed “extreme indignation” over the Muslim Brotherhood’s
criticism of the military´s continued support of the interim cabinet.
The Muslim Brotherhood’s political arm, the Freedom and Justice Party
(FJP), which has the biggest bloc in the parliament, had described
Prime Minister Kamal al-Ganzouri’s cabinet as a failure and
criticized the army for continuing to support it.
“Is it a desire to abort the revolution and destroy the people’s
belief in their ability to achieve their goals? Or is there an
intention to defraud or influence the forthcoming presidential
election?” the Brotherhood statement said.
The Freedom and Justice Party had threatened on several occasions to
hold a no-confidence vote on the cabinet, but the military council
has said the parliament does not have the right to hold such a vote
on the cabinet.
The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces – Egypts interim ruling junta
since the ouster of Hosni Mubarak – has stood by the cabinet and its
head Kamal Ganzouri.
“When we called for the resignation of the government, its head
refused, and this was unfortunately supported by the military
council,” the Brotherhood said in its statement.
“If anyone intends to recreate the former corrupt regime with new
faces, the people are willing to move in order to revive their
revolution and protect their ship from sinking at the hands of people
with no sense of responsibility,” it said.
Referring the Brotherhood’s statement, Tantawi said, “We were careful
not to be provoked, but what happened recently is enough."
Tantawi called “on all to be aware of history’s lessons, to avoid
past mistakes we do not want to see repeated, and to look to the
future with the spirit of cooperation.”
Last month, a lawsuit was brought before the Supreme Constitutional
Court arguing that the parliamentary election was unconstitutional
due to its complex voting system.
Islamist parties say they fear the military council could push
through this lawsuit should they insist on Ganzouri’s removal.
Tantawi dismissed the claim as baseless saying he believed the
Brotherhood and its allies were attempting to influence upcoming
presidential elections. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 03/26/12)
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