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Eye on the revolution: Ali Khafaguie, the Muslim Brotherhood narrative

In this ten-part series, Ahram Online asks those who took part in the 25 January Revolution what they make of Egypt's current political situation two years after Mubarak's departure

Dina Ezzat , Wednesday 20 Mar 2013
Ali Khafaguie
Ali Khafaguie
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At the early age of 14, Ali Khafaguie joined the Muslim Brotherhood, out of curiosity and fascination. Khafaguie dared to join the 25 January revolution before the organisation leadership gave its consent, and today, he is a leading figure with the Muslim Brotherhood youth. He believes that it is not impossible to restore the unity that brought the many different political forces together in Tahrir Square early in 2011.


  • I hear people today comparing the rule of Hosni Mubarak, who was a true dictator, and Mohamed Morsi, who is trying very hard to adjust the mistakes of consecutive decades of undemocratic rule, and I find it extremely unfair to compare the two. 
  • Under Mubarak it was a true authoritarianism, but today it is a process whereby democracy is finding its way to us
  •  History tells us that countries do not transfer from authoritarianism to democracy overnight. It takes time and is never easy.
  • I know we are going through hard times, but I also know for fact that things will inevitably be adjusted.
  • I think that a year or so from today we will be able to say we are done with the toughest phase of transformation.
  • I think that one cannot really judge Muslim Brotherhood rule by a mere seven months, which came at the end of a very tough and confused interim period where the military made some grave mistakes.
  • Morsi was not always unpopular; when he removed the top military leadership last August he was very popular.
  • I understand that the constitutional declaration of 22 November was misconstrued by some, but then again the president was conciliatory.
  • It is absolutely untrue that we just sit down and agree with everything the president or the guidance bureau does. This is a fallacy that some people are promoting. We discuss things amongst ourselves and we agree and disagree. We are not a herd of sheep as some people like to say.
  • The problem facing Egypt today is not the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood as some like to suggest, but rather it is those who are determined to bring it [the government] down from day one and without even giving it a chance to deliver.
  • With the current state of political polarization things will keep getting complicated and only those who wish to say the Mubarak regime re-instated one way or the other could benefit from the current state of polarisation.
  • The National Salvation Front is not in a position to influence the crowds, this is true, but it is also true that they offer a political pretext for those who are pushed by the remnants of the Mubarak regime to incite violence and chaos.
  • I am not going to justify the violence of the ministry of interior but all I would say is that the ministry of interior is not fully on the side of the new regime.
  • We cannot just yet compare the case of Khaled Said to the case of Mohamed El-Gendy; we have not seen the final forensic report yet.
  • We don’t want to eliminate all liberal opposition; this is untrue; but we cannot be succumbing to the conditions of the opposition all the way through; no party in office does this, not anywhere in the world.
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21-03-2013 06:04am
A smart guy
A smart guy with a moderate vision. Excellent!
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