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Trump's victory a setback for Muslim ‎Brotherhood, say Egypt MPs

Egypt MPs said the election of Donald Trump ‎as America's new president means hard times ahead for the Muslim Brotherhood and good ‎news for the country's president Sisi

Gamal Essam El-Din , Wednesday 9 Nov 2016
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In a quick reaction to the results of America's ‎presidential election, Egypt MPs said the ‎triumph of republican candidate Donald ‎Trump could be a very positive ‎development for Egypt.‎

Most of the MPs who spoke with parliamentary ‎reporters Wednesday also agreed that the ‎election of Trump should be considered good ‎news for Egypt's president Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi—the first Arab ruler to congratulate him on his ‎triumph. Besides, they added, Trump's victory means a big setback for the Muslim ‎Brotherhood and other Islamist movements ‎who had high hopes that Democratic party ‎candidate Hilary Clinton would win.‎

Margaret Azer, a Coptic MP, said in a ‎statement that the election of Trump will surely ‎mean a positive new beginning for the world and ‎the Middle East.

"Trump's victory represents a ‎radical departure from the Obama-Clinton clan ‎who supported the Muslim Brotherhood and other ‎political Islam movements," said Azer, adding ‎that "in fact Hilary Clinton was the candidate ‎of the Muslim Brotherhood — rather than the ‎Democratic party — in the US presidential ‎election."

"The election of Trump ‎should also help put an end to the terrorist ‎group ISIS and to chaos in Syria," said Azer.‎

Azer said that she hopes Trump will move ‎quickly to restore old strategic relations ‎between Egypt and the United States. "This ‎strategic relationship is necessary for America to ‎win the fight against terrorism in the Middle ‎East," said Azer.‎

Parliament's Human Rights Committee also ‎issued a statement Wednesday, stating that ‎the election of Trump ‎should not come as a surprise. "This ‎election has clearly shown that the American ‎people have voted against the disastrous ‎policies of (current US president) Barack ‎Obama and his former secretary of state Hillary ‎Clinton," said the committee's chairman Alaa ‎Abed.‎

Abed accused Obama and Clinton of spending ‎billions of dollars on support for Islamist ‎movements in the Middle East. "They were ‎under false convictions that these movements ‎are moderate and democratic, and in this way ‎they gave them cover to spread their ‎terrorism and poisonous ideology in the ‎Middle East," said Abed.‎

Abed said the stunning victory of Trump has ‎also exposed the American media's flawed and ‎biased coverage of the election and how it managed to ‎mislead the American people and the world. "Please review the hundreds of flawed ‎anti-Trump reports and opinion polls which the American media published for months, to discover the disgusting reality of ‎this malicious media," said Abed.‎

Abed also agrees that the newly elected Trump ‎should move quickly to restore strategic ‎relations between Egypt and the US. "If he is ‎really serious about fighting radical Islam, he ‎should win big allies like Egypt," said Abed.‎

In one of his foreign policy speeches last ‎summer, Trump said he would call for an ‎international conference on terrorism and that ‎King Abdallah of Jordan and President El-Sisi of ‎Egypt would top the list of invitees.‎

El-Sisi was the only Arab president who met ‎with Trump during his visit to New York to ‎attend UN General Assembly meetings last ‎September. On 19 September and after his ‎meeting with El-Sisi, Trump's political advisor ‎Walid Fares told reporters that Trump assured ‎El-Sisi that he looks forward to restoring ‎strategic relations with Egypt.

Phares also told ‎Egyptian MPs who were visiting America at ‎the time that Trump considers the Muslim ‎Brotherhood a radical movement."There is ‎no problem at all with Trump's administration, in that the Muslim Brotherhood would be designated ‎a terrorist organization," said Phares.‎

Phares also said that Trump greatly appreciates the Egyptian people's willingness to stand ‎against the Muslim Brotherhood, saving their ‎country from the chaos which hit countries like ‎Syria and Libya.‎

Abed agrees that Trump's victory represents a ‎big setback to the Muslim Brotherhood. "They ‎were eager to see Clinton become the new ‎president to use it as a tool for exerting ‎pressure on Egypt, but their hopes were ‎seriously dashed," said Abed.‎

Mostafa Bakri, an independent MP and high-‎profile journalist, said on his twitter account ‎that the loss of Clinton and the victory of ‎Trump means very bad times for the Muslim ‎Brotherhood and its television mouthpiece ‎‎"Al-Jazeera."‎<