Aswat Masriya (Cairo)

10 June 2012

Egypt: Aboul Fotouh's Campaign Declares Support for Mursi

Campaign of ex-presidential candidate Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh announced on Sunday its support for the Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Mursi in the runoff of Egypt's presidential election.

The runoff is scheduled for June 16 - 17.

Under the title "no return", the campaign issued a statement stating that it intends to expose regime remnants and enforce the political exclusion law through rallying behind Mursi. The campaign described this step as an attempt to put the interest of the nation above its differences with the Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party.

Aboul Fotouh is an ex-Muslim Brotherhood member who was suspended from the group at his decision to run for president, for the group had originally announced it would not field a candidate for president.

Aboul Fotouh came fourth in the first round of the presidential race.

The campaign urged Mursi to issue a written statement confirming terms the Brotherhood had agreed to, to allow political forces to dedicate themselves to pursue the demands of the revolution.

The campaign listed these demands, which include purging the nation from corruption, regime remnants, manipulation and forgery and forming a consensual and representative government, not necessarily headed by the Brotherhood.

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