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.
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.”