SHARQIA, Egypt: The Muslim Brotherhood’s leadership, particularly former Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie, are responsible for the group’s failure, according to former Broterhood leader Kamal al-Helbawy.
Helbawy is also a member of the 50-Member Committee amending the constitution.
“I was saddened to see Badie become the Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood,” Helbawy said. “I wrote an article then, saying Mahdy Akef – the previous Supreme Guide – was the last great Guide, as he was an honest and transparent man.”
Helbawy’s comments came Friday in a seminar entitled Your Constitution is Your Life.
“The least that can be said of the Muslim Brotherhood is that they have failed; creating an organization that only knows how to work in secrecy, and doesn’t have any thinkers,” he added.
Al-Helbawy confirmed that the Brotherhood turned to violence due to their alliance with Assem Abdel Maguid, spokesman of the Shura Council of the Gamaa Islamiyya in Egypt, which led them to lose people’s sympathy.
Maguid is one of the names involved in the assassination of former President Anwar al-Sadat in 1981. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison in March 1982. He founded the Gamaa Islamiyya in Egypt with Omar Abdel Rahman, Aboud al-Zomor, Tariq al-Zomor, Khaled al-Islamboli and others, which became infamous for their attacks throughout Egypt during the 80s and 90s.