Abul-Fotouh presents terms for Morsi endorsement

Zeinab El Gundy , Thursday 31 May 2012

Former presidential candidate says he has presented the Brotherhood's candidate with four key suggestions by which he can win broader support in the election runoff

Abol Fotouh
Presidential candidate Abdel Moneim Abol Fotouh (Photo: Reuters)

Former presidential candidate Abdel-Moneim Abul-Fotouh has issued an official statement to the Egyptian people describing the outcome of his Wednesday meeting with Muslim Brotherhood nominee Mohamed Morsi.

The former Muslim Brotherhood member, who placed fourth in last week’s opening round of elections, said he had proposed a four-point document to Morsi which would guarantee the Brotherhood would not monopolise power if it gained the presidency.

Such guarantees could build second-round support for Morsi from Egyptian political forces who are opposed to Ahmed Shafiq’s candidacy but are concerned over handing too much power to the Islamist group.

The four points Abul-Fotouh said he had proposed are:  

  • A constituent assembly that represents Egyptian society and its different sectors and includes constitutional and legal experts. This assembly would be headed by a “prominent figure” and its decisions would need the approval of two-thirds of members. The makeup of the constituent assembly should be announced before the runoff on 16-17 June.
  • The appointment of two vice-presidents, each with pre-determined powers
  • A coalition government headed by a prime minister from outside the majority party. The ministries for foreign affairs and information to be headed by technocrats
  • The full independence of the president from any ideological or partisan affiliation 

In a Wednesday night interview on ON TV, Morsi also talked of the meeting and said he was willing to give his approval to the terms.

The meeting between Abu El Fotouh and Morsi came after a series of meetings between presidential candidates and other Egyptian political forces and figures.

Earlier this week Abul Fotouh told a press conference that he did not endorse any candidate in the runoff but called the people not to vote for former regime members. 

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