Abul-Fotouh and Sabbahi campaigns will back Morsi in run-offs, says Brotherhood

Ahram Online, Friday 25 May 2012

Muslim Brotherhood official website claims that the campaigns of rival candidates will back Morsi in run-offs

Mohamed Morsi
Mohamed Morsi, head of the Brotherhood's newly formed Justice and Freedom Party (Photo: Reuters)

The Muslim Brotherhood have reported that the campaigns of rival candidates Abdel-Moneim Abul-Fotouh and Hamdeen Sabbahi have announced that they will back the Brotherhood's candidate Mohamed Morsi in the runoffs.

According to the Brotherhood's official site, IkhwanOnline, the duo will back Morsi in order to unite against Mubarak-era minister Ahmed Shafiq, who will face Morsi in the runoffs,  in a bed to ensure that no members of the Mubarak regime (feloul) win the presidency.

According to the site, Alaa Hamza, an Abul-Fotouh supporter, wrote on his Facebook page that he will give his voice to Morsi.
"Even though I am sad that Abul-Fotouh lost, I will vote for Morsi, because now we are choosing between having a civil or a military leader and between the revolution and the counter-revolution. That's why I support Morsi."

Famous Egyptian director, Khaled Youssef, shared the same sentiment. He wrote on his account on the microblogging website Twitter that he will also support Morsi in the runoffs.

Shafiq was former president Mubarak's aviation minister and was appointed prime minister by Mubarak in order to quash the 2011 uprising that led to Mubarak's ouster. Before long, protests demanded that Shafiq step down. A few weeks later, he resigned, only to announce later that he planned to run for presidency.

Many revolutionaries see him as part of the Mubarak regime and not fit to be the first post-revolution president since Mubarak appointed him to abort the revolution.

Others see in Shafiq a figure of stability.

Since news began filtering in on Thursday night that Shafiq may face Morsi in the runoffs, IkhwanOnline has upped its ante against Shafiq. It lists revolutionary singer Hamza Namira as amongst those who have announced that they will back Morsi against Shafiq. The website includes reports from mothers of martyrs who say that anyone who votes for Shafiq will be killing their children again.

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