Brotherhood’s Essam El-Erian: We will not exclude any force from drafting new constitution

Ahram Online, Sunday 8 Jan 2012

Freedom and Justice Party officials assure that the new constitution will be drafted in consensus with all forces in Egypt

The deputy head of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, Essam El-Erian, has told the daily Al-Hayat newspaper that high voter turnout rates in Egypt’s first post-Mubarak parliamentary elections are a great success for the country, and that the elections were free from fraud.

He added that the Muslim Brotherhood has respect for all voters and will work together with all forces in society to draft the new constitution. It will not monopolise the decision making process.

El-Erian assured that the constitutional committee that will be chosen by parliament to draft the new constitution will be representative of all the different factions of society, to guarantee that the constitution will be consensual. He also confirmed that the Muslim Brotherhood does not seek to clash with any other force, adding that all should unite in the country’s interest.

El-Erian also stressed the importance of ensuring that the military council leaves power on the declared date, mid-2012, and keep to guarding the country’s borders instead of being involved in political affairs. He also emphasised that the Brotherhood will remain loyal to the “blood of the martyrs which paved the way for freedom and social justice".

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