Claims of Shafiq victory are political ploy: FJP sources

Dina Ezzat, Friday 22 Jun 2012

Islamist group says rumours are aimed at pressuring its candidate Mohamed Morsi into accepting the newly-reduced powers of the presidency

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Mohamed Morsi Campaigning, Cairo (Photo: Al-Ahram)

Rumours of an Ahmed Shafiq victory in Egypt's presidential election are being circulated to pressure the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) into accepting last weekend's army-issued constitutional amendment, the Islamist party said on Friday.

The constitutional amendment, released by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) as vote-counting began on Sunday, curtails the future president's executive powers.
 
Speaking to Ahram Online, FJP sources said that SCAF "knows" the real winner of the presidential runoff, held between 16 and 17 June, is its candidate, Mohamed Morsi, not Shafiq.
 
Claims that Shafiq will be announced president on Sunday, they added, are a tactic to persuade them to accept the declaration and the now-reduced role of Egypt's head of state.
 
"Accounts and figures which prove Morsi's victory are not the ones being provided by the FJP, but also by many judges who have the same voting figure," said Hamdi Hassan, an Alexandria-based senior member of the FJP, the Muslim Brotherhood's political wing.
 
Hassan did not say whether Morsi would agree to participate with SCAF on the basis of the constitutional amendment -- a document that was issued to a chorus of dissapproval from the Muslim Brotherhood and other political players.
 
Such a decision is not up of the FJP at the moment "given the wider national coalition that the FJP is trying to build," Hassan said.
 
In a Cairo press conference held on Friday afternoon, Morsi spoke of the Brotherhood's wish to build a wide-ranging national coalition representing the country's revolutionary forces.
 
Also in attendance was Hamdi Kandil, a prominent opponent of ex-president Hosni Mubarak and supporter of Nasserist contender Hamdi Kandil in late-May's first round of presidential elections. He was accompanied by Wael Ghoneim, a leading activist who previously backed Islamist independent, Abdel-Moneim Aboul-Fottouh.
 
"It is up to all the political forces to decide on the next move. This is a moment where we see the political forces of the revolution coming together again," Hassan said.
 
Sources in the Brotherhood told Ahram Online that Egypt's veteran Islamist opposition has not ruled out reaching an understanding with SCAF, but nor is it ready to blindly obey the military's political rules.
 
Top-level talks between the Brotherhood and SCAF are underway to spare the country from a showdown, these sources said.
 
But they added that the discussions do not amount to a negotiation over power-sharing, as the FJP has abundant evidence to support its claim of Morsi's presidential victory.
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