Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood Boycotts Presidential Elections


Egyptian media is reporting that not unsurprisingly, the Muslim Brotherhood is boycotting the Presidential elections and portrayed them as a crime. According to a Daily News Egypt report:

3543827_370May 26, 2014 The Muslim Brotherhood described the presidential elections as “invalid” and “blood” elections, depicting them as a crime in which the Egyptian people must not participate.

In a statement released on Sunday afternoon, the Brotherhood said: “Free Egyptians, you grant legitimacy and deny it, and you have previously granted it to the kidnapped civilian president,” in reference to ousted president Mohamed Morsi.

The group which was deemed a terrorist organisation by an Egyptian court in December said that “forgery does not give legitimacy to any criminal.”

In the expat vote, which ran from 15 to 19 May, 315,000 people voted. Due to eased regulations it is not possible to gain an accurate turnout rate, as there is no official number of registered voters.

The Brotherhood claimed that the Supreme Electoral Commission, which runs the electoral process, concealed the number of people abroad who have the right to vote in order to hide that the expat turnout was “no more than 4%.” The group added that Egyptians abroad have boycotted the elections.

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