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Brotherhood struggles to form united front against Shafiq
Main presidential rivals fail to attend Saturday meeting called by Islamist group to generate backing for Mohamed Morsi in June's election runoff
Sarah Mourad , Saturday 26 May 2012
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Essam el-Erian, (C) deputy head of the Muslim Brotherhood political party, talks during a news conference in Cairo (Photo: Reuters)

Presidential hopefuls Hamdeen Sabbahi, Abdel-Moneim Abul-Fotouh and Amr Moussa did not attend Saturday's meeting called by the Muslim Brotherhood and the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP)  to co-ordinate support for Mohamed Morsi in June's presidential runoff, according to Yehia Hamed, a FJP spokesman.

The reasons for their non-attendance have not been revealed.

However, a member of Sabbahi's campaign told Ahram Online on Friday that the Nasserist candidate would not attend but would announce his position at a separate press conference on Saturday at 8pm.

Representatives from other political groups were in attendance, including Essam Sultan MP of the moderate Islamist Wasat Party, Salah Abdel-Maqsoud and Mahdi Akef of the Brotherhood, Ghad Al-Thawra Party leader Ayman Nour and presidential also-ran Abdullah El-Ashaal.

Safwat Abdel-Ghani of Al-Gamaa Al-Islameya, who also attended, has called for the Brotherhood's presidential candidate, Morsi, to hold a press conference and give assurances that he will be a president for all Egyptians.

Asked before the meeting if the Brotherhood would accept an Ahmed Shafiq victory in the runoff, Abdel-Maqsoud said: "We are ready to work with anyone but we can never work with someone who is accused of corruption and embezzling public money, like Ahmed Shafiq."

He added that the meeting would focus on trying to unite all revolutionary forces behind a candidate that represented the revolution, suggesting Mohamed Morsi was such a man.

Abul-Ela Madi, head of the Wasat Party, said his party wanted Morsi to form a consensus government headed by somebody who was not from the Brotherhood, saying the Brotherhood's performance during the transitional period has been a failure.

He added that Abul-Fotouh and Sabbahi would be politically rewarded if they called on their supporters to vote for Morsi in the presidential election run-off against Shafiq.

Madi did not mention if the Brotherhood had accepted their demands.

During the meeting, Ayman Nour told Ahram Online that liberals wanted a secular constitution that maintained equality between Egyptians, as well as freedom of the media.

"We do not want an instant reply [to our demands]; however, we demand a written declaration from the Brotherhood with their answer that can be announced to all Egyptians," he added.

Abul-Fotouh said via Twitter that, "We seek to build a consensus against the remnants of the former regime, answer the demands of the revolution and develop a project for the nation that fairly accommodates all Egyptians." He added that he would not be part of a deal to distribute positions.

El-Erian stressed at a press conference on Friday that cooperation between Egypt's political and socio-economic groups remained a priority for the Muslim Brotherhood and its political wing the FJP.

"We were the first to call for the Democratic Alliance [electoral coalition] during the parliamentary elections, which brought together 40 different parties," added El-Erian.





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Free Lady
27-05-2012 07:45pm
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Track Record
Deceive me once shame on you deceive me twice shame on me. Each one of us understand track record of MB.
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Zahran
27-05-2012 02:22pm
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Do the right thing for Egypt
Ahmed Shafiq is not from the old regime; he is the right candidate for the country right now. I am telling all the Egyptian people, do not make another mistake like the 25 of January because it was not the right revolution. And if Mohamed Mursi is to take over, all of Egypt will suffer for the next four years and the country will be in worse shape than it is now. Because the Muslim Brotherhood ideas is not right for Egypt.
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Umm Mahmoud
27-05-2012 08:28am
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Mohammad Mursi
Dr. Mohammad Mursi is the best thing for Egypt! I completely trust Dr. Mursi! With him as president Egypt really does have a future. He is the ONLY candidate out of the top 3 that will give equal rights to ALL Egyptians. He is the ONLY one who has the intelligence to get us out of the problems that we are facing. Ikhwan was right to put a candidate. They are experienced and understood that the falool would try to take over the revolution. They were right. Dr. Mursi is a BRILLIANT and GREAT man! He gives me hope for my children's and my country's future.
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A woman
27-05-2012 09:30pm
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Good luck!
Dear Umm Mahmoud! Your "wake up" will be a shock... Especially about the equal rights and the future of your children, hahahaha... But if you wish it like this, then good luck with the one and only who has the intelligence...
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Ehab of Australia
27-05-2012 08:01am
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WHAT THE!?
I need to vent! How on Allah's Green earth did Ahmed Shafiq come second!!!!!!!!!!!!!??????????? Either people have lost their minds or the vote count was rigged!!! one of the two! People of Egypt their are people playing games with you. Take care wake up and put your trust in Allah swt not the media not America not Scaf and not Mubarak and friends..
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m huzaifa
26-05-2012 09:57pm
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must be M mursi because it is beter for Egypt
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hend
27-05-2012 09:28am
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I don't think so!
I don’t think so! The Muslim brotherhood has stolen the young Egyptians revolt and claiming the name of the revolution (revolt) to themselves in the election. As we all know, This Egyptians revolt had failed and put Egypt in dangerous way. The Muslim brotherhood uses the name of God to get vote from the poor Egyptian people. Mohammed Morsi does not have any experience to lead Egypt to a modern life. He also will run the old system because the Islamic president will have the government and the parliament under his hand like Hosnai Mubarack. “Buy one get one free” Vote for Mohammed Morsi (this means you will have Dr Bedia’ (Bediah), the leader of the Muslim brotherhood. The leader of the brotherhood will be the “hidden” president of Egypt.

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