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Brotherhood candidate ‘life to be Islamicized’

Court orders halt to constitutional work

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11 Apr 2012 (All day)
Brotherhood candidate ‘life to be Islamicized’

A video showing the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood’s main presidential candidate shortly after he was released from prison last year and recently transcribed by secular activists reveals much about his plans for Egypt’s future if elected. “Everywhere, the Brothers are working to restore Islam in its all-encompassing conception to the lives of people,” Khairat al-Shater’s said in the speech. “Thus the mission is clear: restoring Islam in its all-encompassing conception, subjugating people to God, instituting the religion of God, the Islamicization of life, empowering of God’s religion, establishing the renaissance of the ummah [worldwide Muslim nation] on the basis of Islam... Every aspect of life is to be Islamicized. As Muslim Brothers, it is imperative that we, as well as the entirety of the ummah, God willing, take advantage of this revolution which took place in Egypt and continues in the countries surrounding us.”

For the complete text of al-Shater’s speech, click HERE

Al-Shater’s candidacy is still in legal limbo, and in recent polls he is running far behind Hazem Salah Abu Ismail – a Salafis Islamist who previously split with the Brotherhood, and Amr Moussa, Egypt’s former foreign minister and chief of the Arab League who still leads the 21 candidate field with almost 31% support from those polled by the Al-Ahram Center for Political and Studies, a state-linked research institute based in Cairo.

In related news, a court order put a temporary halt to the work of Egypt’s constitutional assembly, pending deliberations on a complaint lodged by Christian and secular groups that the committee charged with writing Egypt’s new constitution was dominated by Islamists who were ignoring the input of other groups and drafting a constitution that would mandate the supremacy of Sharia Law.

“This ruling will allow the Egyptian people to protect the January 25 revolution from the hegemony of the Islamist current and from the Muslim Brotherhood that seeks to polarise and bar civilian politicians who participated in the revolution,” rights activist Youssef Abdel Khalek.


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