Egyptians support democratic institutions
‘Egyptians back democratic institutions’
Sat, 12 Oct 2013 08:15:56 GMT
Egyptians support democratic institutions, through which the people and the future governments can thrive, a spokesman for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt writes on his facebook page.
Ahmed Aref, who is under arrest, wrote on the page on Friday that following the revolution that toppled the corrupt government of former dictator Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian nation would not accept any government but a democratically-elected one, the Ikhwan online site reported.
Aref was arrested by Egypt’s security forces in the capital Cairo on August 22.
He added that the democratic institutions should be established through holding healthy and free elections.
The remarks come as the Egyptian government has decided to proceed with the dissolution of the Muslim Brotherhood as a legally-registered non-governmental organization (NGO).
On September 2, the judicial advisory panel, set up by the country’s military-backed government, accused the Brotherhood of operating outside the law and recommended its termination.
In March, the Muslim Brotherhood registered itself as an NGO following a court decision on the legal status of the group.
The Brotherhood was founded in 1928 following the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, but was banned by the country’s military rulers in 1954.
The situation in Egypt remains tense months after the country’s first democratically-elected president was ousted by the military.
Egypt has been experiencing unrelenting violence since July 3, when the army ousted Mohammed Morsi’s government, suspended the constitution, and dissolved the parliament. It also appointed the head of the Supreme Constitutional Court, Adly Mahmoud Mansour, as the new interim president.
The government of Mansour has launched a bloody crackdown on Morsi supporters ever since his ouster and arrested more than 2,000 Brotherhood members, including Badie, who was detained on August 20.
About 1,000 people were killed in a week of clashes between Morsi supporters and security forces after police dispersed their protest camps in a fatal crackdown on August 14.
On Friday, some 2,000 pro-Morsi protesters held rallies outside Cairo’s presidential palace, carrying posters of the former leader.
A similar demonstration was held in Egypt’s coastal city of Alexandria, with police firing tear gas to disperse Muslim Brotherhood supporters as they clashed with counter protesters.