Armed men attack Egypt´s Islamist presidential hopeful (REUTERS) Writing by Marwa Awad; Editing by Ralph Gowling CAIRO, EGYPT 02/23/12 8:07pm EST)
Reuters News Service
Reuters News Service Articles-Index-Top
(Reuters) - A leading Islamist candidate for the Egyptian presidency
was attacked by armed men overnight and was in an intensive care unit
in hospital suffering from brain concussion, aides said
Abdel Moneim Abol Fotoh, 60, was on his way home from a
event in the city of Munufeya when three armed men wearing masks and
carrying machineguns stopped him.
"They beat him on the head
repeatedly, took the car and ran," said
campaign team member Ahmed Osama.
"He is now in the intensive
care unit and conscious," said Osama.
The attack occurred two
weeks before candidates register to run in
the presidential election that Egypt is holding under plans by the
ruling military council to hand over power to a new head of state at
the end of June.
Abol Fotoh was expelled from the Muslim
Brotherhood, which emerged as
the biggest single party in a parliamentary election, when he defied
its decision not to put up a presidential candidate.
Yousef al-Qaradawi, one of the most widely respected Sunni
Muslim clerics in the Arab world, has described Abol Fotoh as
the "leading candidate" in a field including former Arab League
Secretary General Amr Moussa, a liberal and former foreign
The Muslim Brotherhood´s decision not to field its own
candidate is part of an effort to ease concerns at home and abroad
about Islamist domination of Egypt after an uprising toppled Hosni
Mubarak from 30 years of power last February.
council has ruled Egypt since then. (© Thomson Reuters
Return to Top
MATERIAL REPRODUCED FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY