Abul-Fotouh condemns president 'failures', demands early presidential elections
Abul-Fotouh, a former presidential candidate, was speaking at a press conference in the Nile Delta governorate of Gharbiya on Sunday.
“President Morsi thought he could rule the country through his group [the Muslim Brotherhood]. But this is not right, the president can’t rule successfully unless he is surrounded by the people,” he added.
Abul-Fotouh said the Muslim Brotherhood should withdraw from politics and focus on religious preaching.
“The people are paying the price for the mixing of religion and politics,” he said.
Abul-Fotouh was a member of the Brotherhood's Guidance Bureau from 1987 until 2009. He left the group after the January 25 Revolution when he defied the group's official policy by declaring he would stand in presidential elections.
Abul-Fotouh was an early frontrunner in the presidential race but eventually finished fourth.
He formed the Strong Egypt Party in October 2012.
Abul-Fotouh made similar comments about the need for early presidential elections when he was in Doha earlier this month.
Middle East EyeWhile Western leaders have emphasised Israel's right to defend itself, regional powers have called the attack on Gaza "savage"As Operation Protective Edge entered its second day, neighbouring countries and foreign leaders reacted to the Israeli air strikes and rockets launched from Gaza in violence that has killed 35 Palestinians and injured more than 230 others. Jordan Jordan,
APAcross a wide belt that stretches halfway around the globe, the world's estimated 1.6 billion Muslims will mark the beginning of Ramadan this weekend. The holy season is marred by unprecedented turmoil, violence and sectarian hatreds that threaten to rip apart the Middle East, the epicenter of Islam.Syria is bleeding. Militants have taken over large parts of Iraq. Lebanon, Libya, Pakistan,
Human Rights Organisations Foreign officials and human rights organisations have condemned the jailing of seven defendants, including three Al-Jazeera English reporters, for 7-10 years in a maximum security prison. Australia Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said she was deeply shocked by the seven-year sentence imposed on Australian journalist Peter Greste.“This kind of verdict
Soon after Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi was announced Egypt's president-elect on Tuesday evening, the international community mostly reacted positively, with several heads of state congratulating him on the position.The US, the UK, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Russia all made statements regarding El-Sisi's sweeping victory.United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also said on Wednesday that he puts his