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Muslim Brotherhood/ Salafists Defy Egyptian Electoral Authority

May 9, 2012

May 8, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Adding further evidence to what appears to be the inevitability of a Muslim Brotherhood dominated Shari'a [and anti-Semitic] based Egyptian government, on Monday the country's highest electoral court, the Supreme Presidential Election Commission [SPEC] went "on strike," in protest of what it perceives as unconstitutional tampering with the electoral system by the People's Assembly - a body dominated by the MB and Salafist parties.

Central to this controversy is Article 28 of the Egyptian constitution, which has declared SPEC decisions as not being subject to appeal.

As Egypt's AlAhram Online notes, "The People's Assembly (the lower house of parliament) has agreed to amend the presidential elections law in relation to Article 28, which grants the Supreme Presidential Electoral Commission (SPEC) immunity from appeal..." [source, http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContentP/1/41144/Egypt/Parliament-approves-amending-recently-approved-pre.aspx]

In a previously published piece relating to this controversy, it was stated that, "Ahmed Khairy, a party spokesperson, says the problem was instigated by the Islamists, especially the Muslim Brotherhood's political arm, the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), insinuating that the latter's MPs are misusing their authorities to serve the group's interests. "The Brotherhood and its political wing's endeavour to amend the elections law does not aim to serve the public interest," Khairy stated, before adding that: "This commission was formed in accordance with the constitutional declaration, which the Brotherhood promoted." [source, http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/36/122/41220/Presidential-elections-/Presidential-elections-news/SPEC-in-hot-water-for-halting-activities,-others-c.aspx]

Egypt's presidential election is slated for May 23-24. If no candidate wins a majority, then there will be a runoff election between the two top finishers. It is scheduled for June 21.

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