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'We won't allow revolution to be stolen again': Brotherhood second-in-command
Khairat El-Shater warns of attempts to overthrow President Mohamed Morsi instigated 'remnants of the Mubarak regime'
Ahram Online, Saturday 8 Dec 2012
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Former presidential candidate Khairat El-Shater (Photo: Reuters)

The Muslim Brotherhood's deputy guide Khairat El-Shater accused foreign and local parties today of aiming to overthrow the regime led by President Mohamed Morsi by bringing chaos to the country.

"We will not allow the revolution to be stolen again," El-Shater said during a press conference held for the Coalition of Islamic Forces.

El-Shater added that the battle for Islamists is not their headquarters (referring to recent attacks on many Brotherhood offices across the country, including in Cairo), "but rather a battle for protecting legitimacy."

"It's enough that one of the figures that is talking about saving Egypt said in an interview with an American newspaper that the opposition will unite with the remnants of Mubarak's regime," said El-Shater, referring to head of the Constitution Party and leading member of the National Salvation Front Mohamed ElBaradei.

El-Shater further accused remnants of Mubarak's regime of mobilising for chaos in the country, adding that the president has chosen to avoid direct conflict with them out of concern for stability in the country.

"There are those who want to spoil the democratic experience in Egypt," added El-Shater, arguing that ongoing protests by the opposition have not exceeded 30,000 protesters while there were a million protesters in the "Legitmacy and Sharia" protest organised by Islamists, he claimed.

He further denounced the media, accusing it of not representing the truth.

"The media during the time of Mubarak was working against the Islamists, and still when people got the chance they voted for us," added El-Shater.

During the press conference, El-Shater argued that current political instability is hindering any hope of investment or development in Egypt.

"In the past four months I have met with thousands of investors who are genuine about wanting to invest in Egypt. However, I can not advise them to put their money in at a time of instability," said El-Shater.

The press conference also featured a number of Salafist figures who asserted that their demand for implementing Sharia is non-negotiable, accusing the opposition — namely ElBaradei — of agitating against Sharia in Egypt.

"The hostility against Islam is clear, but a constitution that does not represent our Sharia is unacceptable," said Saeed Abdel-Azim, a leading member of the Salafist Calling, who added that the group is willing to offer more martyrs to protect legitimacy.

The Coalition of Islamist Forces comprises 10 parties and groups affiliated with political Islam, including the Muslim Brotherhood and its political wing, the Freedom and Justice Party, Al-Gamaa Al-Islamyia and the Salafist Calling.





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Jerry - Sweden
10-12-2012 10:37am
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Foregin powers...
According to The Muslim Brotherhood it is always foreign powers bringing chaos to the country....
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Gerry
11-12-2012 02:28am
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Yes
And usually this is probably true.
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Mind
09-12-2012 12:07pm
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The Egyptian Identity
The question has been, is and will be: the Egyptian Identity. If somebody defines him/herself as Muslim first, then wave goodbye to the Egyptian Identity. Unless people learn to be Egyptians first, then Iran/Pakistan-scenario is highly likely.
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Aladdin, egypt
09-12-2012 07:48am
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Who is Talking?
BH cult stole the revolt against infamous regime and are trying to hijack Egypt. Look to your bloody history of assessination and corruption. Your lust for power and wealth is non-Islamic.; it is balsmophy.
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sasan
08-12-2012 09:16pm
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compromise
In Iran,s revolution many seculars tried to remove the role of Islam in laws.But Imam Khomeini and loyal Iranians made it impossible.Now Egypt is facing the same.they want a secular society like that in US.the secular people should be wise enough to see what that so-called democracy brought about in America.Trying to legelize gay marriage, deffending Israel,s atrocities, every day shootings and....Democracy which Egypt needs has to respect the vote of Muslims and accept the role of Islam in laws while giving the others the right of choice.
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Ziddan
08-12-2012 08:58pm
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ID of the problem
This is not about the constitutions document, but rather to resist any Islamic movement in Egypt. The left and the Church are scared of anything that has Islam flavor.
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