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Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood Supports El-Baradei, Says Military Ordered to Protect Regime

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[The North Africa Journal] The Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist opposition organization has apparently endorsed former IAEA chief and Nobel laureate Mohamed El Baradai. The aim of the endorsement is to provide El Baradai with enough popular support to negotiate the end of the crisis and manage a transition.

The news of the endorsement came from Essam El-Erian, a leader of the conservative organization in an interview on the now banned Al-Jazeera. Another TV news network, Al Arabya confirmed the information.

Meanwhile, the military sent new reinforcements to Cairo, as many believe a military intervention is near. If this happens, this would mark a departure from the position taken by the army of not intervening. According to opposition groups on the grounds, "the army received orders to shoot at protestors and protect the regime."

Meanwhile, we are hearing of divisions within the military as many troops do not want to be part of the crackdown. There is a potential of even internal fights within the Egyptian military.

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