Mahmoud Salem, whom most of you know as the Sandmonkey, an Egyptian blogger, spoke with CNN yesterday about the Egyptian Presidential election. Sandmonkey believes the Obama administration is backing the Muslim Brotherhood candidate, Mohamed Morsi.
Via Israel Matsav:
“The US Administration should back off!”
Egyptian secular leaders held a rally today condemning the US administration’s support for the Muslim Brotherhood in the country. The speakers claimed the Obama Administration was forcing the military to hand over power to the Muslim Brotherhood.
Ahram Online reported:
Egyptian secular and liberal parties sounded dissatisfaction over the reported support of the US for Muslim Brotherhood’s presidential candidate, Mohamed Mursi, but affirmed they would accept the results of the elections due to be announced Sunday.
During a press conference Saturday, representatives of the Free Egyptians Party, the Democratic Front Party, the Revolution Continues Coalition, the Tagammu Party and the Kifaya Movement opened fire on the Brotherhood, voicing suspicion over the group’s sudden change of stance towards the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF).
The conference came after the Brotherhood announced Friday its concessions to revolutionary movements, guaranteeing their representation in both the government-to-be and the Constituent Assembly, in order to form a unified front against SCAF’s alleged attempt to hold onto power…
…Several speakers at the press conference further condemned what they believe to be US intervention in Egypt’s domestic affairs. Harb claimed the US was pressuring SCAF to hand over power to the Muslim Brotherhood.
“We refuse that the reason someone wins is because he is backed by the Americans,” said Harb demanding that the Brotherhood should refuse US intervention.
“The revolution will continue until we break free of military rulie,” added parliamentarian Mustafa El-Gendy.
Founder of the Kifaya Movement, George Ishak, however, expressed his optimism over the coming period, adding that “a third political current, neither affiliated with religious groups nor the military, will pave its way.”