Brotherhood statement signals clash with military, say young members

News article, posted 03.28.2012, from Egypt, in:
Author: 
Ghada Mohamed Al-Sherif
Language: 
English
Brotherhood statement signals clash with military, say young members (Photo: Al-Masry Al-Youm)

Young members of the Muslim Brotherhood consider the group's latest statements criticizing the military as the beginning of a clash between the two powers, which they expect to escalate in the coming days.

Mohamed Mahmoud, one of the young activists of the group, criticized the stance of his group’s leaders.

“I don’t understand. Isn’t it the same group that refused to withdraw confidence from the government though it had earlier called for its dismissal after the Port Said incident?” he asked.

Another group member, Bahaa Nematallah, said the Brotherhood’s attacks against the cabinet of Prime Minister Kamal al-Ganzouri are legitimate. Egypt’s military rulers, according to Mahmoud, want to preserve their special status in the new constitution.

“[The military] is using Ganzouri and the crises these days to show that it has the power and should therefore have a special status,” he said.

Hossam Mansour, another group member, said, “I think the army will come up with a surprise move to consolidate its influence.”