Egypt Brotherhood´s Candidate Previously Denied He Was Running (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 04/02/12)
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Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood has announced it would be running a
candidate for president, and has been met with criticism since doing
On Sunday, 24 hours after the announcement that the group’s deputy
leader, Khayrat el-Shater, will be running for president of Egypt in
the May 23-24 election, Arab television channels and websites began
circulating a short video clip from an interview el-Shater gave to
the Al-Jazeera television network and in which he denies the reports
that his party intends to name a candidate for election. The
interview in question took place only six weeks ago, on February 8,
2012, according to a Channel 2 News report on Sunday.
In the video clip, which shows a segment from a 50-minute interview
el-Shater gave to a popular interview show on Al-Jazeera, he says
that his movement will announce its position on the subject of the
presidential election only after the end of the official period to
register candidates for the election.
“First we’ll see who the candidates are and what their political
platform is, and then we will declare our position,” Channel 2 quoted
el-Shater as having said during the interview.
Interviewer Ahmed Mansour is then seen asking, “What degree of truth
is there to the reports that there is a secret candidate which you
will support at the last moment and who is not of the current
El-Shater then replies, “This is not true,” and then Mansour
asks, “The Washington Post newspaper described you last Saturday as
pragmatic, and said that the Brotherhood will declare your candidacy
for the presidential elections at the last minute.”
El-Shater then insists, “No, this is not an issue which is currently
The Muslim Brotherhood’s announcement on Saturday came despite after
it earlier pledged to stay out of the presidential race. The
Brotherhood, outlawed during the regime of former President Hosni
Mubarak, already controls about half of the seats in parliament.
Channel 2 reported that el-Shater’s candidacy has been criticized by
radical Islamic elements in the Egyptian media, who said that the
Muslim Brotherhood’s “political tradition” – that it stays out of
government bodies – should be maintained.
The report noted that the same elements have also been critical of
the movement´s decision to participate in parliamentary elections.
Senior analysts with the local media, according to the Channel 2
report, speculated that the criticism is part of the beginning of a
split and disputes within the movement.
The Muslim Brotherhood recently denied that it plans to uphold the
peace treaty with Israel, after U.S. State Department Victora Nuland
told said that the Muslim Brotherhood had assured Washington it would
uphold extant diplomatic accords, including the 1979 Egypt-Israel
The announcement comes at the end of a week in which the Islamists´
public power struggle with the country´s ruling generals escalated.
On Thursday, the Muslim Brotherhood-led parliament began drawing up a
no-confidence motion against the military-appointed government.
The Islamists have also been squabbling with liberal and secular
groups over the commission that is to draw up the nation´s new
constitution. After the Brotherhood took a clear majority on the 100-
member body for itself, 25 other members resigned.
Liberals fear the Islamists plan to impose their religious agenda on
the constitution, while Islamists say liberals are a minority who
have no popular support.
Relations between the military and the Brotherhood have deteriorated
in recent weeks, as the fundamentalist group has pushed for the army
to fire the Cabinet for alleged incompetence. The Brotherhood wants
to form a new government, a task it claims is urgent because of
Egypt´s deteriorating security and economic situation.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/02/12)
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