Egypt liberals: US backs Islamists (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Roi Kais Published: 06.23.12, 18:52)
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Muslim Brotherhood hijacked revolution, US endorses Islamists,
Egypt´s liberal parties say
The US government was pressing Egypt´s military leadership to
transfer power to the Muslim Brotherhood, which "hijacked the
revolution," the country´s liberal parties charged Saturday.
Earlier Saturday, the Supreme Presidential Electoral Commission
announced that the winner of the run-off election would be announced
on Sunday after debate on candidates´ appeals had concluded. One
official on the commission has leaked that the Muslim Brotherhood´s
candidate, Mohammad Morsi, had raked in a majority of the votes, but
over the past week secular candidate Ahmed Shafiq also claimed
General Abed al-Munim Kato, an advisor to the military council´s
public relations department, has vilified both the US and the Muslim
Brotherhood in light of recent events.
In an interview to the al-Masry al-Youm newspaper, Kato stressed that
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton´s criticism of the military
rule and her calls for regime change served as confirmation of
contact between the US and senior Muslim Brotherhood officials.
"It is unacceptable that Egypt face outside pressure that forces
Morsi on us as president," he said.
"Will Morsi be elected president because he spent a lot of time in
the US or because his children have US citizenship?" the general
wondered, adding that "The Muslim Brotherhood movement has shown
Meanwhile, sources close to both sides told the al-Ahram newspaper
that the military government and the Muslim Brotherhood were holding
intensive, "high-level" talks that could lead to a political deal. In
the end, they claimed, Morsi would be declared president.
On Friday, as tens of thousands demonstrated in Cairo´s Tahrir Square
in support of the Muslim Brotherhood and against the army´s latest
move, Morsi himself called to announce the election results without
Speaking at a press conference, Morsi tried to play down the tension
with the army and said that he had no problem with the ruling
military council, calling it "patriotic." (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth
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