Habib Refutes Yemeni President’s Claims

In an exclusive statement to Ikhwanweb, MB First Deputy Chairman Dr. Mohamed Habib on statements made by Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh in which he lashed out at the Yemeni Gathering for Reform (which is the Muslim Brotherhood offshoot in Yemen), accusing the group of sponsoring terrorism and seeking to take the nation back to the dark ages. Dr. Habib said that such criticisms of the Muslim Brotherhood on the part of the Yemeni president come in the run up of the presidential elections when some candidates seek to mar the image of their competitors to win over as many votes as they could. Habib added that the Muslim Brotherhood have often reiterated that they shun violence and condemn terrorism in all its forms, perpetrated by individuals of groups or states, with the group also adhering to peaceful means , observing legal and constitutional channels, in their quest of reform and change.” Ikhwan seek a real democracy based on multiparty system and peaceful rotation of power, regarding the nation as the source of authority and the fair and free election as the criteria when it comes choosing rulers or representatives of the nation”, Habib said, affirming that it is the people that has the right to choose the program that achieves their ambitions and aspirations. Habib called on the Yemeni president to steer clear of marring the image of the Muslim Brotherhood and to reconsider his recent statements, regardless of any election motivations or personal interests.