Egypt’s election results were announced last Sunday, investing the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Mursi as the country’s President. The announcement followed days of turmoil. Egypt’s Supreme Court dissolved the country’s parliament on the 14th of June, and the presidential election results were delayed for days by the electoral commission.
After the dissolution of the parliament, and the delays imposed by the electoral commission, turmoil erupted in Cairo and thousands poured into the streets in renewed protest of the country’s dysfunctional political system. It now appears those delays may have been orchestrated from the outside.
A Middle East specialist familiar with the matter has exclusively revealed that the United States held negotiations with Egypt’s ruling parties in the hours leading up to the announcement of the results. According to the source the United States put significant pressure on officials in Egypt to announce Mohamed Mursi as the country’s president.
The source asserted that Ahmed Shafiq, Hosni Mubarak’s last Prime Minister, actually won the election, but the election was delayed because of the strife that such a result would have caused. A win by a former Mubarak official might have caused renewed civic dissent in the country.
The source declined to be named due to the sensitivity to the nature of the matter. However, he has been very close with leaders of the Egyptian military for over two decades, and has been privy to information most journalists cannot obtain. Our source states that he spoke to many people in power in Egypt who mentioned the story.
As the results were being tabulated, we reported that the Supreme Military Council of Egypt and the Muslim Brotherhood were in talks to resolve the conflict between them. The United States’ interference in the issue appears to have been a deciding factor in their resolution.
There are clear motivations for the United States to get involved in the region. Egypt is one of the most strategically important countries in the Middle East. The nation sits astride the Suez Canal and shares a border with Israel. Instability in Egypt has the potential to cause instability across the whole world.
American official also have the means to force decisions on the country’s military, which has formed the de facto government since Hosni Mubarak was forced out of power last year. Egypt receives billions of dollars of military aid from the United States every year in exchange for supporting stability in the region, and helping in the war on terror.
That leverage could clearly have been used to help Egypt’s senior officials “interpret” the will of the people from a mass of election results. Those specially interpreted results were announced last Sunday, and have shown a greater pacification of the country’s populace.
The delay in the election was explained by the country’s leaders as a result of clearing fraud from the results. That assertion was not believed by the people of the country or the media reporting from the outside. The meaning of the delay now appears clear.
The evidence suggests that the United States interfered with, and declared results in an Egyptian election. Such a move should have political repercussions across the world. It is not unheard of, however. It is not even unheard of in Egypt. Mubarak’s regime subsisted almost entirely on the support of the United States.
The United States government is unlikely to confirm its involvement in the negotiations that decided on the identity of Egypt’s new President. More sources familiar with the negotiations may come forward in the near future, confirming the allegations.