CAIRO: As the presidential elections near, due at the end of the month, the only two official candidates have begun declaring their platforms, both of whom overtly shun the Muslim Brotherhood completely.
The Brotherhood was designated as a terrorist organization on Dec. 25, 2013 following violent attacks that they were believed to be responsible for.
Moreover, the group has witnessed a huge security and media crackdown amid their continuous series of protests demanding the return of the former President Mohamed Morsi, who is standing trial now, and the release of their detained members.
Field Marshal Abdel Fatah al-Sisi made it clear in a Wednesday interview on CBC that there will be no such thing as the Muslim Brotherhood under his rule.
“The Brotherhood organization has bases in more than 70 countries,” Sisi added.
Following the dispersal of the Rabaa al-Adaweya and Nahda Square sit-ins in August 2013, which left hundreds of deaths and injuries, Brotherhood supporters have deemed Sisi responsible for what many media outlets considered a “massacre,” after he called for a “mandate” from the people to “confront terrorism.”
In the meantime, Hamdeen Sabbahi said that while he supported the dispersal of Rabaa and Nahda squares, he saw the dispersal as “unconstitutional” due to the large number of victims, which he described as having “exceeded expectations.”
Supporters of Sisi have previously accused Sabbahi of trying to levy Brotherhood support amid the wide public support for Sisi.
Former parliamentarian Mohamed Abu Hamed told Al-Watan newspaper Thursday that Sabbahi is a Brotherhood ally, criticizing Sabbahi’s statement in which he said that he chanted against Morsi during June 30 and demanded his ouster while Sisi was giving a military salute to Morsi.
However, Sabbahi had said during his interview with CBC Thursday that the Muslim Brotherhood would cease to exist as a group or a party if he wins the elections, echoing similar statements made by Field Marshal Sisi previously.
Sabbahi also noted, “The late president Gamal Abdel Nasser was right in confronting the Brotherhood.”