Egypt group names cleric candidate

2012-04-07 22:55

Cairo - An ultraconservative Islamist party in Egypt has put forward a leading Muslim cleric recently banned from entering France as its presidential candidate.

The Gamaa Islamiya, or Islamic Group, said on Saturday that it has chosen Safwat Hegazy, a prominent imam who took part in last year's protests that toppled President Hosni Mubarak.

France barred Hegazy in March from entering the country along with a number of other high-profile Muslim clerics on the grounds that they "call for hatred and violence".

A leading Gamaa Islamiya sheik, Abdel-Akher Hamad, said Hegazy was chosen because he is a well-known Islamist and supports the application of Islamic law.

The Gamaa Islamiya was a militant organisation that fought Mubarak's regime in the 1990s, seeking to establish an Islamic state. It has since renounced violence.

  • Muhammad - 2012-04-08 06:40

    Balance of power is changing, welcome Islamic rule, Alhumdudilah

      Fidel - 2012-04-09 16:16

      Religion should be kept out of politics.

  • Jerzy - 2012-04-09 07:46

    Their country, their rules their choice. it's called democracy!!

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