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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
File photo of Egypt's Parliament in session. (Photo: AFP)
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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."‎

Other MPs, however, said "Egypt should be ‎cautious in its expectations about Donald ‎Trump."

"I know that some in Egypt are happy ‎and feel optimistic about Trump's victory, but ‎all should be cautious and wait until we see ‎how this new US president will translate his ‎promises into action on the ground," said ‎Tarek El-Khouly, deputy chairman of ‎parliament's foreign relations committee.‎

El-Khouly, who attended the general assembly meetings in New York last ‎September, said he agrees that President Sisi's ‎meeting with Trump was very ‎positive.

"I agree that there was a kind of love ‎chemistry between the two, and the fact ‎that Trump was keen to meet with El-Sisi ‎should be considered a positive development," ‎said El-Khouly, adding "but I insist that we ‎should not pin exaggerated hopes on Trump ‎because his policies might antagonize the ‎Muslim world in general rather than put an ‎end to political Islam."‎

Ali Ezz, deputy chairman of Egypt's ‎Information Technology and ‎Telecommunication Committee told reporters ‎that Trump's victory was a big surprise to him. ‎‎"I was deceived by the American media, but ‎now we see that there was a broad-based ‎rejection of Obama and Clinton in America," ‎said Ezz, adding that "If Trump is serious about ‎fighting terrorism in the Middle East, he ‎should cooperate with strong leaders like El-‎Sisi and president of Russia Vladimir Putin to ‎stem the tide of political Islam."‎

Solaf Darwish, a female MP, also agrees that ‎the election of Trump means very bad times ahead for the ‎Muslim Brotherhood. Darwish, who was also ‎in New York last September, said "El-Sisi and ‎Trump's meeting was very positive."

‎"While Trump told El-Sisi that he wants Egypt to be ‎a big ally of America again, Hilary Clinton ‎showed that she was an extension of the ‎Obama mentality when she tried during the ‎meeting to exert pressure on President El-Sisi ‎by raising issues on human rights and ‎democracy," said Darwish.‎

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