The Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) announced on Thursday that it would postpone a planned Friday rally in Alexandria for its presidential candidate, Khairat El-Shater, because it wanted to take part in a million-man march in Cairo's Tahrir Square on the same day.
“We want to participate in the [Tahrir Square] demonstration because we don't want the former regime [of ousted president Hosni Mubarak] to be resurrected,” said Anas El-Kady, general coordinator of El-Shater's presidential campaign.
Political activists from across the spectrum have been calling for a million-man demonstration to demand that all members of the dismantled Mubarak regime be banned from Egyptian political life.
El-Shater is the Brotherhood’s candidate for Egypt's first post-Mubarak presidential race, slated for 23 and 24 May. The group had initially vowed not to field a presidential candidate from within its own ranks, but later reversed course citing changing political circumstances and mounting instability in Egypt.
The Brotherhood has also registered FJP head Mohamed Morsi as a presidential candidate in case El-Shater is disqualified from the race on legal grounds. Under Mubarak, El-Shater was imprisoned for money laundering and "affiliation with a banned group," but was subsequently released shortly after Mubarak’s ouster early last year.