Aboul Fotouh: No presidential bid, Brotherhood must stop its violence
Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh - YOUM7 (Archive)
By ABDEL WAHAB AL-GENDY

Cairo: Strong Egypt Party head Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh said on Sunday he will not run for president unless his believes his presidency will benefit Egypt.

“I will run for president  if there are no other candidates representing what Egyptians are demanding; my stance never changes even if the regimes change,” Aboul Foutouh said during his interview with al-Hayah al-Youm talk show.

He said the Strong Egypt Party participated in a civil strife against ousted  President Mohamed Morsi and demanded an early presidential election, which is what Aboul Fotouh thinks Morsi should have done immediately without military interference.

Aboul Foutouh said the January 25 Revolution was a true revolution and it proved Egyptian unity, while the army was neutral and deployed in the streets and did not  fire at demonstrators.

The patriotic armed forces must be kept safe and away from the political swamp, he added.

“I was against Morsi’s last speech of ‘Supporting Syria’ conference in the Cairo stadium and the way he handled the Ethiopian dam crisis, but that doesn’t give us a reason to oust him,” Aboul Fotouh said, assuring he is not a supporter of Morsi and against the calls demanding to bring Morsi back to power.

“If I were a Muslim Brotherhood leader, I would stop calling for demonstrations and violent acts,” he said.

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