Sat Jun 23, 2012 12:15PM
Thousands of people are holding a sit-in protest in Tahrir Square against, what they call, a power grab by the Military ruling junta that has divided the nation. The demonstrators are protesting the delay in announcing the winner of the run-off presidential election of June 16-17 and fear of a coup by the military rulers. A delay in the announcement of the run-off results, which had been due on Thursday, has raised widespread suspicions that the terms are being negotiated rather than votes being counted. The Brotherhood has declared victory for its candidate, providing, what it said was, certified copies of ballot tallies to support its claim. The campaign for rival Shafiq, the last premier under Mubarak, has also claimed victory, however. The junta has criticized the presidential candidates, Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood’s political wing, Freedom and Justice Party (FJP)’s Mohammed Morsi and Mubarak-era Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq, for releasing early results, calling the move unjustified and “one of the main reasons for divisions and tensions.” Many fear that the delay in announcing the results is that the SCAF wants to declare former premier Shafiq the winner to preserve totally a Mubarak remnant regime. Press TV has conducted an interview with Professor of Sociology, Mohammed Mohiuddin from Cairo to further shed light on the issue. The video also offers the opinions of two other guests: editor of Pan-African News Wire, Abayomi Azikiwe and author and Muslim Brotherhood representative in the UK, Mohammed Ghanem. What follows is an approximate transcript of the interview. Press TV: We’re looking at this piece of news of the English language Ahram Online citing government sources that Ahmad Shafiq will be announced the winner on Sunday evening. It even came out with the percentage win of 50.7 percent of the votes for him. It also continued, saying Western diplomats in Cairo have been told about the decision. It seems like the Egyptians nightmare scenario is about to unfold if this piece of news is correct. Mohiuddin: Well, good evening to you and good evening to your guests. My own expectation, if this happens there is going to be chaos in the streets of Cairo. I don’t think that the problem dates back to the last few days, I think it dates back to the 11th of February 2011 when the military junta assumed power unconstitutionally in Egypt. And since then I think the deal that was held between say the 3rd or the 4th of February to 11th i.e. until the position of Mubarak on the eleventh, was that we are going to have a cosmetic change in the face of the regime that some people will go, Mubarak himself will go, but the core principals upon which the regime was built during the Mubarak era should continue, which is in direct or diagonally contradictory to the aspirations of the Egyptian people. Since then there has been several ways in which the junta tried to break down the unity of the revolutionary forces by negotiating with one force against the other, playing this card against that card, but at the same time finally it appears that there is some hopes that the people are coming back together. Eventually, if you look at the results of the elections - the last round of the presidential election, you will find that you are confronted with two candidates when judging by the pattern of voting at the level of the governed rates. One of them, the candidate of the poor, who is represented by Mohammed Morsi who was voted by most of the poor governed rates in Egypt vis a vis the candidate of the rich in the country who was voted by Cairo the heart of the delta, the touristic governed rates in the city. So we have a clear pattern of what the military has been trying to do as well as the remnants of the Mubarak regime have been trying to do over the past few months. In addition to that the revolutionary sect itself or the revolutionary group itself did not help its image in the country by overdoing it, sometimes in terms of the millionaire demonstrations themselves. Press TV: In terms of the SCAF, … do you think that they actually want the Muslim Brotherhood to have any type of power? What are they leaving the Muslim Brotherhood with? Mohiuddin: Well, … The SCAF claims to be on equal distance between the various social or political powers or political contenders. I don’t think necessarily that this is the case. There is something called manifest and latent and the latent here is that the SCAF has been trying to deprive the Muslim Brotherhood of any power. The timing of the announcement of the amendments of the constitutional amendments and declaration is telling that there had been anything that’s fair play as they claim, they should have announced this prior to the election. I think what happened is that they had some kind of analysis of the trends that are going to prevail as a result of the election and as it appeared that Morsi is going to be leading and by any stretch of imagination I’m not a supporter of either of the two candidates. The fact of the matter is that when they discovered that there is a probability that Morsi will come up as the winner, they put out a declaration that fits having a president that is deprived of all of his power or probably as I call it a puppet president, rather than having a real president with real authority. And I think that there were two declarations: one is prepared for Shafiq and the other is prepared for Morsi in case he wins the election. Their conviction is that Morsi is the winner so they pulled one of the two declarations out of their pocket. So I think intentionally the solution of the National Assembly, the presidential declaration, the new emergency law that’s wearing the suit of civilian law in the form of aborting power of attorney to the military police over the civilians. All these are indications that they want to deprive the civil government from its power and continue on the same path of the coup d’état of 1952 and then 1954 on the civilian ruling of the country. VG/SC/PKH