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Salafist figure: We will take to streets if army intervenes against Morsi

Influential Salafist leader Hazem Abu-Ismail demands that President Morsi be given a chance, warns that his supporters will take to the streets if Egypt's armed forces intervene against presidency

Ahram Online , Wednesday 13 Mar 2013
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Leading Salafist political figure Hazem Salah Abu-Ismail criticised what he described as opposition calls for military intervention, saying it would be a "crime" and a coup against constitutionality.

Speaking to Al-Nahar satellite channel on Tuesday, Abu-Ismail threatened that he, along with his supporters, would take to the streets if the military intervened in the political situation. He went on to defend President Mohamed Morsi, saying that despite his opposition to many of the president's policies, as an elected president he should be given a chance.

Abu-Ismail went on to defend Morsi's controversial presidential decree from November last year, which made presidential decisions immune to legal appeal, now cancelled after mass demonstrations against the measure.

He argued the decree's purpose was to respond to opposition demands to change the prosecutor-general, denying the decree was the reason behind the current political crisis.

Abu-Ismail, a former presidential candidate and founding member of the Raya Party, further criticised those claiming that the state is being 'Brotherhoodized,' arguing that Muslim Brotherhood members were hired in leading governmental positions to combat corruption.

Opposition figures have frequently accused the presidency and the government of hiring Brotherhood members in many state institutions.

Members of the Salafist Nour Party, which Abu-Ismail said he disagreed with, have also often complained that the Brotherhood were taking over state institutions in a manner that would not allow for free and fair elections in upcoming polls.

The Salafist community has been witnessing disagreements since a faction split from the Nour Party, the largest Salafist party, to form the Watan Party in January.

Abu-Ismail's newly formed Raya Party had earlier issued a joint statement with the Watan Party saying that the parties were considering allying during elections.

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TH
13-03-2013 10:40pm
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Morsi and his government have , in only 9 months, managed to spend all the foreign reserves, weaken the Pound, drive inflation to the highest levels, create security nightmare throughout the country, killed the tourist business, and now invited militias to patrol the streets. I fail to follow why you show support? NDP was bad but we can certainly do better moving forward. The one thing I hear the MB have created is a movie company that just released theirb1st movie. Interesting priorities! Who owns this movie company and who gets the profits? El Hater? Others? The Army might not care about me, but they do care about Egypt. This is more than what Morsi and the MB have demonstrated.
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TH
13-03-2013 07:05pm
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No Threats Please
Mr.Abu Ismail, it is too late to be threatening the Egyptian people. We have seen what you and the MB are capable of, and we are not impressed ! We have seen where you want to take our beloved Egypt, and we will not let you !When, not if, the Army intervenes to end this disastrous experiment, all the Egyptian people will go to the streets to celebrate and you, and your followers, will run to hide ! Don't threaten us, we are not afraid !
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13-03-2013 09:44pm
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Wake up, the army doesn't care about you!
IF the army intervenes that will be the end of the revolution? Who do you think will benefit from this EXCEPT the Counter-Revolution? You may celebrate then, but soon you will wake up to the nightmare that you have wrought upon yourself, an illusion of revolution but the victory of Mubarak's Men will have been sealed. This will be followed by Egypt's destruction. You invited Mubarak's Men into the revolution and called the likes of Amr Moussa revolutionaries. You have disgraced yourselves and the Egyptian people. You don't want stability you want power and what's in your own head. The differences within the NSF and the opposition at large are far greater than the differences they have with the MB. W/o the MB or the salafis there are no groups in Egypt organized enough to resist the NDP. If you choose to call for the MB's demise and to kiss the feet of Mubarak then that is your choice and you will reap the fruits of your mistakes. I for one salute President Morsy, the most honorable le
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