8 January 2013

Egypt: Brotherhood Not to Interfere in Elections - Spokesman

Spokesperson of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood Mahmoud Ghozlan said on Tuesday that the group will not interfere in the upcoming parliamentary elections and that its political arm is handling the matter.

In an interview with London's Asharq Alawsat, Ghozlan said that the Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) is responsible for nominating candidates for parliament, insisting that the group has always stayed away from elections.

The spokesperson denied that there is tension between the Brotherhood and the presidency in light of the recent resignation of FJP deputy Essam al-Erian from his post as presidential advisor.

He added that the Muslim Brotherhood has told Erian that it does not agree with his calling for Jewish Egyptians to return to Egypt, but "that was the end of that."

Ghozlan wished, on behalf of the group, for the second anniversary of the January 25 revolution to pass without violence.

The Muslim Brotherhood successfully occupied 40 percent of the seats in the now-dissolved first parliament after the uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

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