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Egypt: Election Reportedly Influenced by Saudi Money
Egyptian soldiers stand in front of campaign posters for candidates from the hard line Islamist Salafist Al-Nur Party in Alexandria, Egypt, December 5, 2011 (AFP/Getty Images)
December 6, 2011
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Saudi Arabia and Qatar reportedly spent millions to boost the Muslim Brotherhood in last week’s Egyptian parliamentary elections, hoping to influence the direction of political change in Egypt. Meanwhile, tensions are growing between the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafis during run-off elections due to differences on how to pursue an Islamist agenda in a new Egyptian government.

According to LIGNET.com sources, Saudi Arabia and Qatar spent tens of millions of dollars on the Egyptian elections to ensure the Muslim Brotherhood party prevailed. The Brotherhood reportedly used the funds to hold rallies and other events to drum up support. The money also reportedly was used by the Brotherhood to lure voters to the polls with offers of sugar and cooking oil. 

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