FJP's El-Erian doubts Obama re-election will change US policy towards region

Ahram Online, Wednesday 7 Nov 2012

Essam El-Erian, vice-chairman of Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, says Egypt-US relations are stable, doubts changes after Obama election victory

Freedom and Justice Party Vice-Chairman Essam El-Erian has said he doubts US foreign policy in the Middle East will change following the re-election of President Barack Obama on Wednesday.

"It is more important that the people [of Egypt] depend upon themselves and their own resources to build the country," he said. 

US President Barack Obama was re-elected on Wednesday after beating Republican rival Mitt Romney in a closely fought race.

"The Egyptian people and the world are waiting for the changes promised by President Obama during his second election campaign," El-Erian added.

In an interview with BBC radio following the announcement of Obama's victory, El-Erian asserted that diplomat ties with the US were stable following the January 25 Revolution due to the policies of President Mohamed Morsi.

Earlier on Tuesday El-Erian stated via Twitter that Americans were voting on behalf of the world’s population because their choice of president would determine the destiny of many nations.

"We will never forget that the worst US president in history caused the destruction of Afghanistan and Iraq, and caused total devastation in the world's economy," El-Erian said, referring to Republican former president George W. Bush.

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