Conflicting reports are coming from Egypt regarding the role of the Muslim Brotherhood and its connection with the current army that was accused of inciting violence against antigovernment protestors.
Egypt finds itself in heavy turmoil, as it gets ready for its first parliamentary elections next week, with tensions running high between the majority Muslim population and Coptic Christians who are protesting against the attacks on them.
The people’s hopes are to build a new government that will restore peace between the groups, but with the Muslim Brotherhood set to win many of the seats in parliament, antigovernment protestors may be facing grim times.
Although the Muslim Brotherhood said that it will promote justice and equality for all citizens, reports suggested that it is planning to erect Sharia law in the country, and that it has secret connections with the current military leadership that is suppressing the people.
The former United States Ambassador to Morocco Marc Ginsberg shared with The Huffington Post on Wednesday that he believes the army is receiving assistance in the forms of money, food and clothing by the Brotherhood and other Islamist parties.
Despite pretenses of neutrality, the Egyptian army is composed mostly of soldiers from rural sections, who are largely conservative Muslims and many harbor anti-Christian feelings.
Ginsberg revealed that he obtained the information from “a reliable European military intelligence source” that he met in Turkey. He also claimed that a host of Islamist organizations bought votes for their parties and sponsors supplies given to the army.
Last month, 25 Coptic Christians lost their lives in clashes with police, and many others were injured in violent government crackdowns. The military-aligned state media has called for Muslims to rise up against Christians in the country. The call led to 29 Christians being injured on Nov. 18 when a gang of local Islamists in Cairo attacked them.
The Muslim Brotherhood faces little opposition in the upcoming elections, and the minority Christian population is worried about the possible outcomes.