Amr Moussa: Vote for Me, Egypt is in Crisis (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 04/23/12)
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Egypt’s leading candidate for president said Sunday that his country
is facing daunting challenges and presented his decades as a senior
government official as a prime reason to vote for him and not an
According to The Associated Press, Amr Moussa said Egypt is going
through an economic and social crisis that requires the talents of an
experienced statesman, not a president who learns on the job.
Egyptians go to the polls to elect a new president on May 23-24.
Moussa served as Egypt´s foreign minister under former President
Hosni Mubarak and in 2001 moved over to head the Arab League. He
resigned that post last year to run for president.
At a news conference Sunday in Cairo, Moussa said he disagreed with
the goals of Islamist parties, which have won clear majorities in
parliamentary elections running on a platform of Islamic principles.
“I believe that Egypt has been injured, Egypt has been mismanaged and
that Egypt should not get into an experiment that has not been tried
before,” AP quoted Moussa as having said when asked about his top
Islamist opponent, a member of Egypt´s once outlawed, now powerful
He added that such an experiment could enter Egypt “into a period of
Critics have charged that Moussa´s record as a top official under
Mubarak could mean his election would mark a return to the ways of
the former regime.
Moussa pointed to his credentials as a longtime government official
with deep knowledge of the system.
“I believe I can start from minute one as president with my knowledge
of the government, the administration, the management and also the
connection with the world and the Arab world and the African world,
and Europe,” he said, according to AP. “The country is in a major
crisis. A major crisis doesn´t justify at all a president who will
ask around, what should I do at this point or that point and gaining
experience as he goes.”
Moussa is believed to be the leading candidate, after Egypt’s
election commission barred three of the main contenders for the
presidency last week. Those barred are ultraconservative Islamist
Hazem Abu Ismail, former intelligence chief Omar Suleiman and Muslim
Brotherhood chief strategist Khairat el-Shater.
The Muslim Brotherhood is running its backup candidate, Mohammed
Morsi. On Saturday, Morsi said that if he wins, he will be president
of all Egyptians, but noted it is now time to put into practice the
group´s slogan, “Islam is the solution.”
The extremist Muslim Brotherhood, which clinched the majority in
recent parliamentary elections, has threatened to cancel the peace
treaty with Israel by putting the issue up for a referendum and
letting Egyptians decide.
Moussa recently rejected the possibility that Egypt will cancel the
peace treaty it signed with Israel in 1979, saying “the Egyptian-
Israeli peace treaty is in place, and I do not think there are any
circumstances that will lead to its cancellation. I do not think this
will happen, and I do not think it would be wise for this treaty to
be cancelled. The treaty will continue so long as each party respects
it.” (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/23/12)
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