Cairo: The Muslim Brotherhood has vowed to ''face down'' Egypt's ruling generals in a ''life or death'' struggle over the country's political future.
The Brotherhood's warning came after declaring that its candidate had won the presidential election, and it would refuse to accept the junta's attempts for a constitutional coup, The Guardian reports.
As final ballot results trickled in, it was suggested that the Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi had secured approximately 52 percent of the popular vote. The Brotherhood in its harshest language against the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), promised to bring millions of Egyptians back to the streets if attempts to rebuild the old regime continued.
"Over the past 18 months we were very keen to avoid any clashes or confrontations with other components of Egypt’s political system because we felt that it would have negative consequences for the democratic system and for society as a whole," Fatema AbouZeid, a senior policy researcher for the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice party, said.
"But now it’s very clear that SCAF and other institutions of the state are determined to stand in the way of what we''re trying to achieve, and we won''t accept this any more. Egypt will not go back to the old regime through any means, legal or illegal," AbouZeid added.
Parliamentary speaker, Saad el-Katatni, of the Muslim Brotherhood, said he did not recognise decision by Mubarak-era judges in Egypt’s supreme constitutional court to dissolve the legislature, a move that has been widely seen as highly politicized. A constitutional declaration issued by SCAF has given the ruling generals sweeping powers, including the right to put forward legislation and an effective veto over clauses in the new constitution.
First Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2012, 13:33