Brotherhood will not field presidential candidate, says former supreme guide

News article, posted 03.29.2012, from Egypt, in:
Brotherhood will not field presidential candidate, says former supreme guide (Photo: Al-Masry Al-Youm)

The Muslim Brotherhood will not nominate a presidential candidate, former Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mahdi Akef said Wednesday.

In an interview with CBC satellite channel, Akef said fielding a Brotherhood candidate “will bring trouble” to the group, calling on the Brotherhood to focus on the People’s Assembly and the government because the presidency is “not easy.”

Akef discussed the group’s position on the presidential candidacy of Abdel Moneim Abouel Fotouh, a former Brotherhood leader expelled after he decided to run.

“I appreciate him and his capacities, but the group is committed to its decisions. It’s above everyone. This is not the first time that one of its members has been expelled,” Akef said.

The former supreme guide downplayed the significance of mutual attacks between the Brotherhood and the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, saying it is the result of pressures on the Brotherhood and Parliament.

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