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Brotherhood Supreme Guide: Army not above accountability in the parliament

Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie stated that parliament has the right to hold the army accountable and reduce its budget, according to a statement released Thursday

Ahram Online , Thursday 26 Jan 2012
Jimmy Carter and Mohamed Badie
Jimmy Carter and Mohamed Badie (Photo:Reuters)
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The Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohamed Badie, announced in a press release on Thursday that Egypt's elected parliament has the right to hold all state institutions accountable, and above all, the military. Badie added that parliament has the right to reduce the army's budget through a special committee.

Badie also confirmed that the Brotherhood would not support any of its members or any candidate with an Islamist background in the presidential election, as the organization, along with other political powers, will choose a consensual candidate for the best interests of Egypt.

He stressed that the Egyptian people’s demands are the priories of the Muslim Brotherhood: restoring basic rights of all citizens, especially preserving freedom and dignity, as well achieving social justice.

The Supreme Guide also stated that, as the Supreme Council of Armed Forces' (SCAF) partner in protecting the revolution, the Brotherhood would hold SCAF accountable for its mistakes—without affecting the prestige of Egypt's army.

Regarding the recent defection and frequent non-compliance with Supreme Guide decisions by some younger Muslim Brotherhood members, Badie said that while differences between youth and older Brotherhood leaders was healthy, anyone in violation of regulations would pay consequences.

Badie also revealed that when former US president Jimmy Carter asked him during his recent visit to the Brotherhood's general headquarters about the group's position on the Camp David peace treaty between Egypt and Israel, he answered that the Muslim Brotherhood and the Egyptian people respect the agreement, but "others" don't, perhaps referring to Israel. 

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