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Egypt's military refutes criticism from Muslim Brotherhood

(Xinhua)

08:57, March 26, 2012

CAIRO, March 25 (Xinhua) -- Egypt's ruling military council said on Sunday any doubts over the integrity of the upcoming presidential election and referendum on the constitution were " baseless," in an apparent bid to hit back at recent criticism from the Muslim Brotherhood.

The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) said in a statement that the gestures of some political movements were disappointing, as they forget the military's efforts to ensure transparency of the parliamentary elections.

Doubts over the independence of the Supreme Constitutional Court was unacceptable, the military said. "All attempts to raise doubts over the intentions of running the upcoming presidential election and popular referendum on the constitution are baseless and targeted defamation."

"The SCAF save no efforts to take necessary procedures and decisions to pass this critical stage of our nation history," said the statement.

The military called on all citizens, political movements, intellectuals and media to unit towards a democratic transition of power.

In a statement of complaints against the government and the army on Saturday, the Muslim Brotherhood listed a number of failures of the current government in handling the Port Said football fan riot, the illegal funding case of NGOs and the worsening financial situation.

The Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party won 47 percent of the People's Assembly seats, thus dominates senior posts within the parliament. After the parliamentary elections, the new parliament has been trying to withdraw confidence in the government and force it to resign.

The parliament also accused the military council of supporting the government, asking "Is it a desire to... destroy people's belief in their ability to achieve goals, or an intention to defraud or influence the forthcoming presidential election?"

Egypt is set to hold the presidential vote on May 23 and 24. The military rulers have pledged to cede power to elected civilian government by the end of June.

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