December 8th, 2011
11:39 AM ET

Tensions rise between Egyptian military and Muslim Brotherhood

The military council that runs Egypt and an Islamist party that has done well in parliamentary elections accused each other Thursday of plotting a dictatorship.

"We will not allow a dictatorship and we do not want to remain in power, but we do want a civil government representing all Egyptians without marginalizing any minorities," said Lt. Col. Amr Imam, a spokesman for the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, which has run the country since a popular uprising ousted former President Hosni Mubarak in February.

His remarks seemed aimed at Islamist parties that have done well in the first round of parliamentary elections, including the relatively moderate Muslim Brotherhood.

Its Freedom and Justice Party has said it had won 34 seats in early parliamentary elections, while the more hardline al-Nour party said it had won five.

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  1. F1

    As i remember we all came from the same place. To me its all the same we all bleed red, we dont bleed muslim blood,blood is all the same,is it not? At least they are not killing each other

    December 8, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sherri

      You are very naive. Muslims hate other Muslims. Sunnis kill Shiites. Vs. vs. Muslims hate ALL non Muslims. Where have you been the last 20 years that you think this way. Do some research of your own. Google "takeover of America" + Muslim. Google 'tenets of sharia'. Wake up for heaven's sake

      December 8, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • PhillyRN

      Yeah, did you not catch the news this week? Sunnis v. Muslims is a very bloody raging war all over the world, from Afghanistan to Iraq.

      December 8, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • PhillyRN

      Oops, I mean Sunnis v. Shiites. There were brutal internal killings just this week alone. Does this honestly sound like a religion of peace? Really?

      December 8, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. BOMBO

    The big question, will the Muslim Brotherhood be a peaceful legit party, or will they become another Hamas. That's really the concern that the military is expressing.

    December 8, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    Seems to me the Egyption Military just doesnt want to give up control as much as they say to the contrary. The Muslim Brotherhood won the election, now let them do the job they were elected to do. The people are happy, uprisings have stopped. Win/win!

    December 8, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    As with every country only time will tell. But to predict failure without them even being given a chance is not fair.

    December 8, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ancient Texan

    I think everyone knew that the Muslim Brotherhood would take control when we injected ourselves into the fray. That is not a good thing for America and sharia law will be in place, so women will no longer have any rights in Egypt.

    December 8, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      First World Nations, Please start accepting Christians refugees from Egypt

      December 8, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Portland tony

    If not the military, who would hold Egypt together? A peaceful transition would be nice, but virtually impossible. You just can't throw the bums out and have a country run by a bunch of inexperienced Islamic, or otherwise, groups that answer to no one except their local leaders. When you stage a revolution, you better have an experienced "shadow " government waiting in the wings. If not chaos will rule.

    December 8, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Bugs Ear

    The usual mood slinging is part of the birth pains when any nation is trying to get over a 40 yr dictatorship.
    Go Egypt!!!

    December 8, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. wanttobefree

    Beware!Events in Egypt are a repeat of how the extremist Islamic government acquired ironclad rule in Iran, one of the most repressive and backwards regimes the world has seen in modern history. The first thing the Muslim Broth. will do is suspend all democratic rights,including elections. Next they will establish a morality police to reduce the status of women to slaves.

    December 8, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • PhillyRN

      I'm also worried that Egypt will become the Sunni Iran.

      December 8, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ntchwaidumela

    Well, they were allowed to participate in the elections, no one is saying the elections were tampered with. So, the possibility of them gaining ground with the election was known to all. And now, they have done just that, gained ground, and now, all this hesitation is coming up. So, what's really going on?

    December 8, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. whatsupwitdis

    Here we go again....these primitive tribal people will never be able to truly function without violence in the 21st century. They prove that every day. We, the US, need to simply sit back and watch it unfold and NOT interfere with any of this. They have a rich and adored history of bloodletting and endless bickering so we need to stay out of it for a change! We need to hold off on our foreign aid package to these countries and adjust according to their level of legitimate and provable ability to behave in a civilized manner. No US boots on the ground for ANY reason.

    December 8, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. hello

    U guys are idiots and anti freedom...if the people of egypt choose to be ruled by sharia law and transform their military to an islamic army...its their choic
    e!!!!

    December 8, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • wanttobefree

      it is indeed their choice, but the civilized world needs to be aware of what is happening so as not to lend aid or sympathy to these barbarians.

      December 8, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Bugs Ear

    Ah crap, sorry folks meant 'mudd' NOT 'mood'

    December 8, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  13. F1

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    December 9, 2011 at 1:21 am | Report abuse |
  14. F1

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    December 9, 2011 at 1:21 am | Report abuse |
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    December 12, 2011 at 5:41 am | Report abuse |