Abul-Fotouh: Camp David is main threat to Egypt's security

Ahram Online, Monday 14 May 2012

Presidential hopeful Abdel Moneim Abul-Fotouh talks of Egypt's national security, terrorism, Copts and the Muslim Brotherhood on satellite TV

presidential hopeful Abdel-Moneim Abolfotoh, a former Muslim Brotherhood leader who was expelled from the movement after he announced his decision to join the Presidential race (Photo: AP)

During an interview with the CBC's "Egypt chooses a President" program on Saturday, Presidential hopeful Abdel Moneim Abul-Fotouh described the Camp David accord with Israel a threat to national security.

The Islamist candidate said allowing Israelis in Egypt without a visa compromises national sovereignty, adding the treaty should be revised.

Abul-Fotouh further criticised linking Islam with terrorism, adding that the way Bin laden was killed by the United States should also be considered a form of state terrorism. Maintaining his rejection of Bin Laden's use of violence, Abul-Fotouh stated all forms of terrorism are unacceptable.

Concerning national security, Abul-Fotouh proposed that Egypt's proposed National Security Council after a president is elected be made up of representatives of the Defence Ministry, the Interior Ministry and the Foreign Affairs Ministry as the country's new leader.

A former Muslim Brotherhood leading member, who was expelled in 2011 for violating a then-ban on members to run for president, Abul-Fotouh expressed his view that while the Brotherhood was forced to work unregistered during the past decades, it should now seek to legalise its status and function in a way that is more transparent.

Abul-Fotouh also said that he was worried that certain people are warning Copts not to vote for him because of his Islamist background insisting that he believed "Egypt is for all Egyptians".

Presidential elections will take place on 23 and 24 May, and the president will be named on 21 June after a runoff voting round on 16 and 17 June.

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