3 June 2012

Egypt: Brotherhood Rejects Presidential Council Initiative

The Muslim Brotherhood turned down a pro-revolution initiative to form a presidential council and call off the second round of the presidential election, said Hussein Ibrahim, leader of the parliamentary bloc of the Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice party.

Competing in the second round, scheduled for June 16 - 17, are the Brotherhood's Mohamed Mursi and former Mubarak premier Ahmed Shafiq.

Calls to form a presidential council only represent a sector of revolutionaries, including ex-presidential candidates and some public figures, not all, Ibrahim told Aswat Masriya.

Ibrahim stressed on the importance of proceeding with the second round of the election for the larger interest of the nation and in order to rebuild the rest of state institutions.

He denounced attempts to form a presidential council, accusing those involved in proposing the initiative of abusing popular rage for personal gains.

Nationwide protests broke out upon announcing the verdicts of former regime figures.

Copyright © 2012 Aswat Masriya. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.