Egypt's Military council publicly attacks Muslim Brotherhood for first time

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Egypt's Military council publicly attacks Muslim Brotherhood for first time (Photo: Al-Masry Al-Youm)

Egypt’s military rulers launched unprecedented criticism against the Muslim Brotherhood on Sunday, denying that the military junta is attempting to rig the upcoming presidential election.

In a statement read on state television, the military council alluded to the Brotherhood, rejecting "false allegations by one of the political powers" that the council plans to influence the Presidential Elections Commission.

Without naming the organization, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces said the Brotherhood's questioning of the military's intentions concerning the integrity of the upcoming presidential election and referendum on the new constitution "were unfounded fabrications."

This is the first time the SCAF has directed a public attack at the Brotherhood, who has the largest party in Parliament.

On Saturday, the Brotherhood warned the council over its backing of the current government, which it accuses of stalling the revolution that ousted former President Hosni Mubarak and brought a dominant Islamist majority into Parliament.

The SCAF said that such a position disregards the military’s role in planning and carrying out the previous parliamentary elections in a transparent and fair manner, which selected the political forces that currently constitute the People's Assembly and Shura Council.

The statement added that the SCAF has been following, with deep resentment, media statements released by one political force in particular. These statements, it said, have challenged the integrity of the military and the SCAF’s intentions, attacked the performance and patriotism of the government and doubted the Supreme Constitutional Court’s independence and impartiality.

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