Aswat Masriya (Cairo)

17 February 2013

Egypt: Minister of Justice - Brotherhood's Popularity Declined

The Egyptian Minister of Justice, Ahmed Mekki, said on Sunday that the popularity of the Muslim Brotherhood has declined. He attributed it to a lack of experience in managing the state affairs by the Freedom and Justice Party, the Brotherhood's political arm.

He explained in an interview aired on national television that despite the Brotherhood's inexperience, they are learning.

He added that there are those who lurk at the Brotherhood seeking their downfall.

"The only organized group that is capable of managing the state in the meantime is the Muslim Brotherhood," said Mekki adding that "the only other group that can move the country forward is the Armed Forces."

As for the development of new laws, he said he was "trying to make the most of all opinions," stressing that all the legislations must be modernized.

Regarding the protest law, Mekki confirmed that his responsibility lies in regulating a "legislation that does not affect the right to demonstrate."

He denounced the attempts to tarnish the protest law.

He explained that the new law provides all citizens with the right to protest at any time in a peaceful manner and that the protesters are protected by the government.

He pointed out that the law only requires a notification of the protest's timing before it starts.

Mekki added that there are mutual mistakes in the legislations social dialogue, referring to some individuals who try to obstruct the flow of the discussions.

He added that cleansing the judiciary is taking place in an undisclosed manner in order to achieve the demands of the revolution.

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