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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Muslim Brotherhood Sheikh running for President of Egypt

Remember how the Muslim Brotherhood wasn't going to run a candidate for President of Egypt? Of course, they're running a candidate for President of Egypt.
Muslim Brotherhood Sheikh Hazem Abu Ismail announced his intention to run in Egypt’s upcoming presidential elections.

He said that if elected he would implement Islamic sharia law and cancel the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel.

Ismail was the Brotherhood’s candidate in 2005 parliamentary elections for Dokki in Giza.

The group announced earlier that it would not take part in the presidential elections and confirmed that it would compete for only half the seats in Parliament. But Ismail is the second Brotherhood member to have announced his intention to run for president in defiance of the group's leadership. The other Brotherhood candidate is Abdel Moneim Abouel Fotouh, a liberal-minded Islamist.

Abu Ismail said Saturday during a speech in a Dokki mosque that he will sweep the elections. Since he is an ordinary man, he said, the masses will support him.


Concerning the peace treaty with Israel, he said, “The Camp David peace treaty is insulting to the Egyptian people, so it must be canceled, and I will do my best to convince people to cancel it.”
What could go wrong?

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At 4:54 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Between a radical Arab nationalist and a Muslim Brotherhood Islamist, there's no much for Egyptian voters to choose - so much for all the talk of the Arab Spring producing tolerance and real freedom in the Arab World's most populous country.

What could go wrong indeed


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