Egypt Islamist chief warns of anger if election rigged

Egypt`s opposition Muslim Brotherhood chief warned the government to "beware" of the people`s anger if it rigs the results of a parliamentary poll this month but ruled out violence by his group.

Cairo: Egypt`s opposition Muslim
Brotherhood chief today warned the government to "beware" of
the people`s anger if it rigs the results of a parliamentary
poll this month but ruled out violence by his group.

"We are at a time that must see a rallying of efforts
and all forces safeguarding the national ship before the
(ruling) National Democratic Party sinks it," Mohammed Badie
said on the group`s website.

The Brotherhood, the country`s largest opposition
movement despite a ban on religious parties, plans to contest
134 out of the 508 seats up for grabs in parliament from late
November, with its candidates running as independents.

The group controls a fifth of the sitting parliament.
Egypt`s electoral commission has until November 14 to
vet applications from the total of 5,720 candidates for the
two rounds of voting on November 28 and December 5.

Badie "said the Egyptian people have taken positive
stances in their history and they will not allow forgery in
the election. The government should beware of the people if
they are angered."

Rights groups say curbs on the media, on the
Brotherhood and independent candidates ahead of the upcoming
vote have already cast doubt on the process.

In the run-up to the ballot, dozens of Brotherhood
supporters have been arrested and the government press has
accused the group of planning violence to influence the vote.
Badie said the Brotherhood would not use violence. "We
are prepared to be vigilant on the ballot boxes, not to die at
them," he said.

Dissident Mohamed ElBaradei, the former UN nuclear
watchdog chief, has urged opposition parties to boycott the
vote but none with any significant presence in parliament has
agreed.

PTI