CAIRO: Ayman Sayyad, a resigned senior advisor to ousted President Mohamed Morsi, said during a Google chat conversation hosted by Youm7 on Sunday that the main role of the new president is to “change the old regime to a democratic one.”
Sayyad, editor in chief of Weghat Nazar magazine, warned that if the new president fails to achieve the goals of the January 25 protests, the people will again revolt against the regime.
Former President Hosni Mubarak’s regime “has not changed yet so we cannot call the uprisings of January 25 and June 30 ‘a revolution‘ unless the regime is fully changed,” he said.
Sayyad refused to evaluate Morsi’s performance in achieving his so-called “100-day plan” because he said Morsi was the first democratic president in Egypt during a transitional period, and his main role was to transform the corrupted regime into “a fair one.”
Morsi and the Supreme Council of Armed Forces both failed in achieving this goal, he added.
The Muslim Brotherhood claimed frequently that “anti-Islamic” figures of the former regime, the media and judiciary, “conspired against them” to frustrate their attempts to achieve a democratic regime, Sayyad said.
“The Brotherhood was the main cause of polarization of people,” he added.
Sayyad concluded the conversation by saying the current political scene “is confusing” and “only democracy can contribute to tangible change.”
Thus far, Hamdeen Sabbahi, founder of the Popular Current Party, is the only candidate who has officially declared his presidential bid.
Sabbahi said in a press conference Feb. 8 that he would not collaborate with “corrupted figures” of Mubarak’s former regime, and “authoritarian figures” of Morsi’s regime.
A Kuwaiti newspaper reported on Feb. 7 that Field Marshal Abdel Fatah al-Sisi said he would run for president, but Sisi has not yet publicly declared his candidacy.
Additional reporting by Ramy Nawar.