Upcoming elections in Egypt – Muslim Brotherhood Buying votes

The Egyptian revolution is in gridlock. As elections loom ahead, the ruling military council is concerned that the Muslim Brotherhood will easily win more parliament seats than the secular candidates threatening the secular nature of Egypt.

This weekend Islamic holiday, which centers on sacrifice and feeding the poor, offered the Muslim Brotherhood a golden opportunity. Putting to use its vast charity network, the Brotherhood sold discounted vegetables and meat to the poor that were unable to celebrate the holiday otherwise.

Understanding that the road to democracy may turn Egypt into an Islamic state, the secular Military Council tried to propose a new constitution which would have given the ruling military council exclusive authority to approve any legislation on the army’s internal affairs.

While public outcry led to the dismissal of this proposal, the problem remains how to ensure the Muslim Brotherhood which are likely to dominate the new government, will not be able to dismantle the secular body of the army.

Meanwhile, in a poor district of eastern Cairo on Friday, families crowded outside the neighborhood mosque as volunteers for the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice party yelled out prices on discounted potatoes, lemons, green beans and other vegetables. Many of those that bought the discounted goods said they will vote for the Brotherhood as they “help with the expensive items“.

Tunisia’s elections in which the Islamic party won 41% of the votes highlighted the Egyptian upcoming elections. As we saw in Tunisia, in such founding elections with new parties, organization and network is crucial for high approval rates. In Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood excels on both counts, while the secular candidates and parties are starting from scratch.

In the western world, democracy is sacred. But history tells us that democracy was used to bring about terrible dictators such as Hitler, which led the world to a global war. In a more recent event, we saw Hamas rise to power in Democratic elections leading Gaza to years of misery. We are now witnessing the same process in Egypt.

As the Muslim Brotherhood is putting their network to use it’s not a question of who will win these elections but rather how much votes they’ll get.

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Author: RONI DRUKAN, TMV Guest Voice Columnist

  • ShannonLeee

    The problem with democracy is that you get the democracy you deserve. Egyptians are paid off by cheap food. Americans are paid off by cheap electronics, gas, and the ability to dictate what people can do with their own money and in their bedroom.

  • Mark Nuckols

    Gads, uninformed vague borderline racist commentary. Learn Arabic, spend some time in the Middle East, study some history, grow a more broad-minded perspective, and get back to me. Ugh.

  • Allen

    “In the western world, democracy is sacred”

    Oh yeah, it’s about a $14 a week tax reduction in the average paycheck. That is about what it is worth to those middle class folks voting Republican, but hey, we all have our price. Give me free healthcare like the illegal aliens or the rest of the modern world and I’ll follow you anywhere…

    …with a smile! :-)

  • ShannonLeee

    Mark, you’ll have to get used to idiotic guest columns sometimes. A lot of them are published elsewhere first (normally more extreme blogs) with TMV getting permission to post here.

    Just wait until you read the next Reagan column. That dude is crazy.

  • http://www.americaincontext.com Barky

    I will concur with the writer that democracy offers no certainty of stability, sanity, longevity or liberty.

    It is still the best choice amongst a slew of bad choices. We just have to always be prepared for the ugliness that may, or indeed will, arise from it.

  • John Johnson

    ShannonLee…I have no idea what your initial post suggests. What does Egyptians being “bought” through cheap veggie prices have to do with “cheap electronics, gas….” here in the U.S.?

    If the Egyptian Brotherhood is trying to buy votes, I would compare it here with what our Supreme Court has allowed the Big’s to do…buy congressional votes, sway the Dem and Repub parties, and even our Prez.

  • ShannonLeee

    JJ… our compliance our votes.. that is what cheap gas and shiny electronics are for…and of course the power to dictate how other Americans live their lives.