The U.S. is putting pressure on Egypt’s military to hand power over to the civilian leaders. In desperation, the generals have installed Kamal el-Ganzouri as prime minister. El-Ganzouri, who now has more power than Mubarek, is a Mubarek-era leader and the protesters are railing against this appointment as illegitimate.
The statement from the White House was, “We believe that Egypt’s transition to democracy must continue, with elections proceeding expeditiously, and all necessary measures taken to ensure security and prevent intimidation.”
“Most importantly, we believe that the full transfer of power to a civilian government must take place in a just and inclusive manner that responds to the legitimate aspirations of the Egyptian people, as soon as possible,” it said.
The Muslim Brotherhood is Egypt’s largest and best organized group. It is a power hungry and opportunistic group. It is also an umbrella for almost every terrorist group in the Middle East. They were outlawed in Egypt for 60 years and are now empowered, with the support of the U.S. President, Obama pushed for the Brotherhood’s inclusion in the formation of the new government.
The Brotherhood is, however, alienating the people. The Brotherhood has appeared to side with the military in clashes with the Copts and with this recent military crackdown. While people are dying, the Brotherhood has chosen to concentrate on elections, a move which seems callous and arrogant. Young men are leaving the Brotherhood in droves as the autocratic nature of the Brotherhood becomes more and more apparent.
Human rights groups report that women protesters have been subjected to electric shock and other forms of torture as well as virginity tests by the military. The military claims the tests were to prove the soldiers had not raped them, but then the military turned around and threatened to try them as prostitutes. The military is also subjecting protesters to military trials. While all this has been going on, the Brotherhood has taken little or no stand.
The done deal of the Brotherhood assuming a majority control in the new Egyptian government is now up to question. Rushing the elections, however, could be in the interest of the Brotherhood who will benefit from seizing the day. Read more here: Guardian UK