Egypt witnessed two similar moments in 2012 and 2014 - the moment the results of presidential elections were announced. Despite the similarity, there’s a huge difference between these two moments, their repercussions and what happened during them.
In 2012, I was with some friends waiting for the election results to come out. The Brotherhood had said it won the elections even before counting the votes was over, and my friends and I were hoping for an opposing result. At the same time, there were threats to burn the country down if the Brotherhood candidate was not declared winner. The Brotherhood went as far as requesting that its members write their wills and pay off their debts. It’s as if they were on the verge of a war against the Egyptians if they weren’t enabled to govern - even if this contradicts with the result the high electoral commission could have announced. We later witnessed these threats and protests when the Egyptians toppled them on June 30.
In 2012, I learnt there was a lot of pressure by foreign parties to declare a result that suits what the Brotherhood wanted. The election results were hijacked before the high electoral commission announced them. Judges affiliated with the Brotherhood announced the Brotherhood’s victory during a press conference and the Brotherhood too held a press conference to announce the victory of its candidate.
In 2012, I learnt there was a lot of pressure by foreign parties to declare a result that suits what the Brotherhood wantedAbdel Latif el-Menawy