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Egypt detains Muslim Brotherhood candidate
Egypt detains Muslim Brotherhood candidate Egyptian police have arrested and detained a member of the Muslim Brotherhood running for a seat in next week’s parliamentary elections, interior ministry and Brotherhood sources said. Issam Mokhtar became the first candidate from the banned but usually tolerated Islamist group to be detained since campaigning for the November 9 polls
Monday, November 7,2005 00:00
by AFP

Egypt detains Muslim Brotherhood candidate

Egyptian police have arrested and detained a member of the Muslim Brotherhood running for a seat in next week’s parliamentary elections, interior ministry and Brotherhood sources said.

Issam Mokhtar became the first candidate from the banned but usually tolerated Islamist group to be detained since campaigning for the November 9 polls started last month.

Some 5,400 candidates nationwide will vie for the 444 parliament seats that are up for grabs.

"He was arrested after Eid prayers this morning," a Brotherhood source who requested anonymity told AFP, in reference to the holiday marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

"They did not give a reason," he said. "That’s how the regime deals with opposition."

Mokhtar’s arrest came a day after supporters marched in his constituency in the middle class neighbourhood of Nasr City.

The movement announced it would protest Mokhtar’s detention by staging a demonstration in front of Nasr City court later Thursday, and has accused members of the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) of tearing down Mokhtar’s campaign posters.

The Brotherhood, which is the best organized political force of opposition to the NDP, plans to field at least 150 candidates in the elections, all of them running as independents.

It has said it hoped to raise its seat tally from 15 to around 50 out of the parliament’s 454.

Egypt’s secular political parties have been angered by the Brotherhood’s decision to use the slogan: "Islam is the solution," in their campaign.

Scores of Muslim Brothers have been arrested in the run-up to previous Egyptian legislative elections.

The powerful movement used to behave almost as an underground movement but this year it has led a high-profile electoral campaign, with candidates for the first time explicitly running with the movement’s label.


 


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