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Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood Claims Victory, Shafiq Disputes

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood Claims Victory, Shafiq Disputes

Mohammed Morsi claimed victory in Egypt’s presidential election, but whether he has actually won, and what a victory will gain him, is anyone’s guess.

Morsi, chair of the Muslim Brotherhood-backed Freedom and Justice party, said he had taken 52 percent of the vote to 48 percent for former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq, an independent with ties to ousted leader Hosni Mubarak. Shafiq disputed the claim; official numbers have not yet been released.

Al-Jazeera reporter Rawya Rageh gave Morsi’s number credence, saying, “we have seen from previous elections the [Muslim Brotherhood] have a powerful organization of representatives at polling stations and almost always their figures turn out to be accurate.”

Unofficial vote totals showed Morsi with 52 percent of the vote, but vote counting has not yet been completed in Cairo, the country’s capital and largest city.

The election comes amid a last-ditch grab for power by the Supreme Council for the Armed Forces, which has ruled Egypt since Mubarak’s ouster. The SCAF announced a series of changes to the interim constitution, granting the organization legislative and budgetary power and the power to appoint the commission that writes a permanent constitution. The Egyptian parliament was dissolved by Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court last week.

The moves by the military have raised new concerns about the direction of the Egyptian revolution. Both the military and the courts have strong ties to Mubarak and his allies, and activists have expressed concern about Egypt backsliding into authoritarianism.

In a speech from his campaign headquarters in Cairo reported by CNN, Morsi attempted to assuage fears that he will move Egypt toward Islamism.

“No one’s rights will be left out of it, and no one will dominate over the other. The strong will not oppress the weak, and the weak’s rights will not be forgotten because of irresponsibility,” Morsi said.

Shafiq’s campaign, however, issued a statement disputing Morsi’s win.

“The initial indications of the Ahmed Shafiq campaign prove beyond all doubt that he is ahead in the elections despite all the violations,” the campaign said.

Shafiq alleged ballot-stuffing and bribery by the Muslim Brotherhood in support of Morsi.

“The Muslim Brotherhood supporters offered large sums of money and food supplies to bribe voters into voting for MB’s candidate Mohammed Morsi,” Shafiq said in a statement.

Regardless of who wins, the president will be severely constrained by the actions of the military junta. The Muslim Brotherhood has already taken a defiant stance against the SCAF decree, calling it “null and unconstitutional.”

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1:45AM PDT on Jun 20, 2012

Here comes the murder of more Coptic Christians and ethnic minorities.

1:43AM PDT on Jun 20, 2012

No surprise here!

8:28PM PDT on Jun 19, 2012

Well said!Islam and democracy are a total oxymoron-they are diametrically opposed so all this US and allied interference in the Middle East is a lost cause from the start!So why is it happening?In my opinion,a destabilised Middle East with all the tribes fighting each other(no dictator to keep them under control) is an easily controlled and plundered space,plus it depletes the planets overpopulated numbers too?!Anyone agree? If the Muslim Brotherhood take over in Egypt,then I despair for the future of all those fairly liberated,westernised women who are not trussed up in burqas,niqabs and hijabs!Their lives will regress backwards at least four centuries!

6:32PM PDT on Jun 19, 2012

Thanks for the information.

4:47PM PDT on Jun 19, 2012

The extermination of the Coptic Christians have already started, what next, the wholesale persecution of Women? Remember, democracy is anathema to islam.

11:46AM PDT on Jun 19, 2012

The "Freedom and Justice party" - gotta love the irony in that name ...

11:37AM PDT on Jun 19, 2012

I know that there are many who are very disturbed by the news that the Muslim Brotherhood won the elections in Egypt. I wonder if it is worth getting upset about . It is much easier to sit on the sidelines and criticize those in power than it is to govern. If the Muslim Brotherhood does a bad job at governing and providing services to the citiziens they will become the target of the peoples anger, frustration and resistance. We saw this in Palestine when the opposition group gained some control and things did not improve much if it all. They may have their time at teh wheel but if they do not preform the Egyptians will once agian take to the streets and uprise. It worked before.

10:54AM PDT on Jun 19, 2012

Hopefully the high numbers of executions and suppression of women we saw in the Islamic take over of Iran will not follow this.

8:14AM PDT on Jun 19, 2012

I don't think anything good will come of this.

6:17AM PDT on Jun 19, 2012

Out of the frying pan into the fire.....

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