Brotherhood calls to boycott elections
Egyptians line up to vote in presidential elections - YOUM7/Islam Osama

CAIRO: The Muslim Brotherhood reiterated its condemnation of the presidential election that began Monday, and said it would boycott the process in a Sunday statement.

The organization said they had boycotted the expatriate voting as well, since their supporters “did not exceed 4 percent” of the total number of those entitled to vote, in the statement posted on the official Muslim Brotherhood site Ikhwan Online.

Egyptians are the only ones entitled to give “legitimacy” or take it away, the group said, adding that  Egyptians previously had granted the “kidnapped civilian elected president [Morsi]” legitimacy and that is why “they cannot participate in the blood-stained illegal elections.”

Former parliamentarian Azza el-Garf, a Brotherhood member, urged Egyptians on her official Twitter account early Monday to boycott the election in solidarity with those who died during the dispersal of the Rabaa al-Adaweya and Nahda Square sit-ins in August 2013.

Security forces dispersed a Brotherhood protest that demanded boycotting the presidential elections in Falaky, Alexandria Sunday morning and arrested 10 participants in the protest, according to Sada al-Balad Monday.

Head of National Alliance to Support Legitimacy Magdy Qorqor told The Cairo Post that there would be Brotherhood protests on the days of the elections, but far from the polling stations.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Badr Abdel Atty told Youm7 on May 22 that Brotherhood supporters attempted to disrupt a polling station at the Egyptian consulate in Istanbul.

The Egyptian charge d’affairs in Istanbul Shaira Essy told MENA on May 22 that there was a small protest of about 20 Brotherhood supporters outside the consulate but they were stopped by Turkish police, who had agreed with the Egyptian consulate to protect it. Essy said one of the protesters, an Egyptian-British citizen, had previously been accused of trying to break into the Egyptian consulate in Istanbul on April 28.

According to the official Freedom and Justice Party Facebook page, 48 percent of those who will participate in the elections are Christians, 32 percent are Mubarak supporters, seven percent do not belong to any political movement, five percent are leftists and liberals, three percent are Nour Party supporters, another three percent are Sufis and two percent are from Gipsy tribes.

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