Member of Parliament (MP) Amr Hamzawi said that the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) has committed a grave mistake by fielding millionaire businessman Khairat Al-Shater for president.
"It is not in the interest of the nation or the Islamic current to have an Islamist president", he explained.
The Muslim Brotherhood had announced their decision to field Shater for presidency shorty before the floor for presidential registration closed, retreating on their original stance not to field a candidate.
Hamzawi explained that even if the MB had the right to field Shater, the decision was taken by the group's supreme preacher, not its political arm known as the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP). This raises questions on the possibility of drawing a line between the Brotherhood as a group and its political arm. The MP added that Shater is not a member of the FJP but the deputy of the group's supreme preacher, Mohamed Badie, reported the Middle East News Agency.
Hamzawi argued that the case suggested that political maneuvers are decided by the Brotherhood not a political party, reported Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida.
Shater had stated in an interview with Al-Arabiya that he will not be a follower of the supreme preacher of the Brotherhood, insisting that he represents a party and group who was suppressed under Mubarak's rule.
In regards to the constituent assembly tasked with drafting a new constitution, Hamzawi said that his return to the assembly will depend on certain conditions; the probability of negotiating the ratio of parliament members involved in the process, an agreement that the assembly should not be formed based on the majority of parliament, an agreement to display a draft of the constitution to the High Constitutional Court before putting it to referendum.
Meanwhile, Egypt's administrative court ruled that the formation of the Islamist-led assembly is invalid yesterday, responding to calls of law experts and political forces who accused the assembly of failing to represent all factions.
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