Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood may nominate presidential candidate

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood may nominate presidential candidate

Cairo : Egypt | Mar 22, 2012 at 10:30 AM PDT
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The Secretary General of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's most powerful political group, said that the group will discuss the possibility of nominating a presidential candidate at a group meeting scheduled for Friday.

The "Muslim Brotherhood” may put forward our own presidential candidate, if circumstances force us to do it" - said the secretary General of the Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood.

A few months ago, the Brotherhood had previously decided not to field a candidate in the presidential elections.At the time their decision was explained by the fact that they do not wish to influence the choice of the Egyptians, affording them an opportunity to determine the most suitable candidate.

So far the Muslim Brotherhood have not announced their support for one of the declared candidates, among them Amr Moussa, the former secretary general of the Arab League, who is defined as a liberal nationalist, and Abdel Moneim Abol Fotoh, who was excluded from the ranks of the Brotherhood after defying their decision to stay out of this election.

Meanwhile, the Muslim Brotherhood said they wanted to open the Egyptian border to trade with Gaza, a decision that can change the lives of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians under an Israeli blockade. "I want the full opening of the border, and allow everyone to travel from Gaza into Egypt," said Mahmoud Ghozlan, spokesman of the Egyptian Brotherhood.

"We support the opening of the border for import and export," he added. Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip since 2007, also supported this proposal. "The tunnels do not satisfy us," said Mahmoud Zahhar, a leader of the Islamist movement.

In another topic related to Egypt, Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said that Israel cleared out its embassy building in Egypt,six months after its offices were attacked and ransacked by protesters.

The spokesman added that two Israeli military planes left Cairo, loaded with documents and equipment removed from the embassy.


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Muslim Brotherhood MPs during a session of the Egyptian parliament in January 2012. Reuters
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