- MB News
- October 27, 2011
- 4 minutes read
Ghozlan: Muslim Brotherhood Rejects Military Rule
Just a few months before the Egyptian Revolution, Egyptians were surprised to see hundreds of posters in the streets of Cairo calling for the election of Gamal Mubarak as president of Egypt. Barely a couple of months later, Gamal Mubarak, his father (former president of Egypt) and their aides were behind bars, detained on trial for their crimes.
Strangely, after the revolution, Egyptians Tuesday morning were surprised to see a new political coalition getting launched under the name ”Egypt above all”, and – again on Tuesday – a campaign for the nomination of Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi for President of the Republic, under the banner of “Popular demand for stability”.
Hundreds of posters of the Marshal in uniform were spread in the famous squares: Ramses, Abdel-Moneim Riad, Giza, and al-Qaed Ibrahim Mosque (Alexandria). The founders of that new coalition said they would start a campaign to collect one million signatures on a statement of support for the Field Marshal within two weeks.
In a statement to IkhwanWeb, Dr. Mahmoud Ghozlan, media spokesman of the Muslim Brotherhood, said: “There were campaigns carried out by certain people, before the revolution, in order to bequeath the ‘throne’ to Gamal Mubarak. But where did it go?!”
He added: "We may never know who’s behind these current campaigns for the nomination of the Field Marshal; but campaigns come and go, and the will of the Egyptian people remains until civilian rule is established."
Ghozlan explained that the military has repeatedly announced that they are not looking to rule the country, except for a temporary period after which they will hand over power to a civilian authority."
"In any event, the Egyptian people tried military rule from 1952 to 2011. And the military proved they cannot manage the country in a democratic and equitable manner," he said.
Ghozlan added: "We look forward to a civilian leader who respects democracy and human rights, is loyal to the people not the army, and meets the demands of the Egyptians."
He concluded: "We will watch events unfold. But, ultimately, the decision is in the hand of the Egyptian people who wants civilian rule."