Brotherhood out of Egypt presidency race

2012-01-26 22:37

Cairo - The Muslim Brotherhood, the big winners of Egypt's parliamentary vote, will not field a candidate for the Egyptian presidency, its leader Mohammed Badie said on Thursday.

"The Muslim Brotherhood will not support [former member] Abdel-Moneim Abul-Fotouh or any candidate who has an Islamic reference in the presidential elections," he said, quoted by Egypt's news agency MENA.

He said the movement would "reach an agreement with all national powers on the qualifications of the upcoming president," stressing that "the demands of the Egyptian nation are on (sic) the top of the Muslim Brotherood's priorities".

Egypt's Islamists led by the once-banned Muslim Brotherhood clinched two thirds of seats in parliament in historic polls following last year's ouster of president Hosni Mubarak.

The Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party won 235 seats in the new People's Assembly, or 47.18%, while The ultra-conservative Salafist Al-Nur party came second with 121 seats.

The landmark election was the first since Mubarak's overthrow last February. It began in November and was carried out in three stages.

The Muslim Brotherhood has repeatedly said it would not run for the presidency in polls which are to take place by the end of June at a yet to be fixed date.

The military, which took power after the fall of Mubarak, has said it will hand over once a president is elected in a democratic poll.

  • Paul - 2012-01-27 06:46

    This makes it sound like the Muslim Brotherhood will pull the strings from with their majority of parliamentary seats to get the ultra-conservative Salafist Al-Nur's president to do what they want, without them having to take the responsibility. That's how they can keep their promises, but still do what they want. Very sneaky.

      Anthony - 2012-01-27 07:56

      @Paul, You could be very right ! And than there are still those, who want to convince us, that the USA and Europe orchestrated, the revolutions, in North Africa!!!!!

  • Smell - 2012-01-27 07:33

    Let us hope that this is a wise gesture to allow a more secular candidate to step up to the plate to lead Egypt away from a potential medieval interpretation of a religious text.

      Paul - 2012-01-27 08:36

      Yes, let's hope. But I'm afraid I think that is wishful thinking.

  • Jerzy - 2012-01-27 10:34

    oh please stop with your self righteous crap. It is their country and thus they can decide whether to field a candidate for presidency or not. Look at yourselves before you talk about other "medieval religions" or interpretations thereof. You idiots don't even have a 13th floor nor a 13th row in an airplane, yet you have the nerve to call others primitive and medieval. That is so funny!!!

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