Muslim Brotherhood Agenda is Centered on Comprehensive Reform
|Friday, March 17,2006 00:00|
Dr. Mohamed Habib, deputy leader of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), confirmed that the MB’s agenda is centered on three major issues, on top of which is the question of political reform and amending the constitution which represents the true gateway for all forms of reform.
In an interview he gave to the Abicom website in Italy, Habib stated that the second issue is education, scientific research and harnessing of technology since these represent the pillars of true revival and the basis for scientific progress. As to the third issue, it is comprehensive development in its human, social, cultural and economic dimensions. It includes finding solutions to the problems from which citizens suffer such as unemployment, inflation, higher prices, housing, health problems, environmental pollution, means of transport and communications.
The deputy leader of the MB affirmed that Muslim Brotherhood is a political and social force that has its effect and influence among the Egyptian and Arab general public, as was manifested in the big success it achieved by winning 88 seats in the Egyptian parliament, and the landslide victory of Hamas in the Palestinian legislative elections and its formation of the forthcoming Palestinian government. The presence of the MB is also widespread abroad.
The Egyptian regime, he added, constantly follows a very repressive policy against Muslim Brotherhood and very frequently directs its unjustified attacks and strikes against it. He cited as an example the recent crackdown against and the arrest and detention of dozens, including Professor Dr. Rashad Al-Bayoumi, member of the Executive Bureau -the top MB decision-making body- as well as a group of MB activists, in addition to the restrictions it imposes on the ex officio functions of the MB deputies in parliament. That regime’s policy also includes a total blackout on the parliamentarian activities of the MB deputies, including preventing live transmission of the deliberations of the parliament so as to prevent the voice of those deputies from reaching the public.
Dr. Habib also stressed that the mistreatment of the MB by the regime is part of the general political climate prevailing in Egypt, which aims to block any reform. An example of this situation can be found in the referral of a number of investors to the emergency law’s Higher State Security Court as a retaliation for their role in exposing the manipulation of the latest legislative elections by the regime.