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Sawiris doesn’t want Coptic president, might accept Muslim Brotherhood

Naguib Sawiris has no reservations with a MB candidate claiming the presidency, stating a Coptic president would increase sectarian strife in Egypt

Ahram Online, Monday 4 Apr 2011
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Egyptian tycoon Naguib Sawiris says he wouldn’t have reservations if a Muslim ‎‎Brotherhood (MB) candidate won the presidential elections as long as ‎certain ‎principles were preserved. He also doesn't favour a Christian candidate winning this year’s elections.‎
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Sawiris stated he would welcome a member of the MB in power ‎provided that equality between Muslim and Christians and gender ‎equality, among other ‎principles, were maintained.‎

However, the well-off businessman dismissed the idea of a Christian ‎winning ‎the presidential elections, implying that a Coptic president would increase ‎sectarian strife in ‎Egypt.‎

Sawiris also called on the Egyptian youths to join any political party they believe in its ‎‎objectives and views. ‎

‎“The political movement and freedom Egypt has been witnessing since the revolution ‎will ‎create more awareness in the society, and increase involvement in politics,” he ‎said. ‎

Sawiris is a prominent co-founder of yet-to-be-launched political party Al-Masryoun ‎Al-‎Ahraar (Free Egyptians).‎

A press conference was held Sunday night to make clear some of the liberal party’s ‎‎principles and objectives.‎

Sawiris attended the event as well as other public figures and intellectuals, such as ‎famous poet Ahmed ‎Fouad Negm and Arab Writers Union head Mohamed El-‎Salmawy.‎

‎“The freedom that now exists after the revolution was the main motive why we ‎though ‎about launching a political party,” Sawiris told Ahram Online. ‎

‎“The previous regime would cut off the tongue of anyone who speaks out.”‎

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