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Muslim Brotherhood Ready To Form Govt In Egypt

PTI [ Updated 10 Feb 2012, 14:46:45 ]
Muslim Brotherhood Ready To Form Govt In Egypt

Cairo, Feb 10  :  Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, which now dominates the parliament after historic the polls is ready to form a coalition government and demanded that the incumbent military-appointed cabinet be sacked as it has failed to check deteriorating security and economic situation in the country. 

The military should appoint a Brotherhood representative as prime minister, who would then form a new coalition government, Brotherhood said in a statement.

Although The Brotherhood has no power to appoint a new cabinet while the military is in power and has also vowed not to field a presidential candidate who would have the power to do so, Deputy Supreme Guide Khairat al-Shater said in an interview with al Jazeera that his group is ready to form a new government.

We won’t be the only ones who form it, but instead there should be an alliance to form it,” he said.  An electoral alliance headed by the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party holds more than 46 per cent of the seats in the People’s Assembly, while the Salafi-oriented Nour Party holds around 23 per cent.

State institutions are being poorly managed, said Shater, adding that forming a new government will not be enough to reform them. He said there is an urgent need for the formation of municipal councils and gubernatorial elections. 

Shater denied rumours that his group has agreed with the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces on a presidential candidate, and said the group will support a civilian candidate who is not a Brotherhood member or affiliated with the Mubarak regime.

Regarding the drafting of a new constitution, Shater said, “We, as the Muslim Brotherhood, are mulling a balanced wording based on the experiences of other countries.  However, the constituent assembly is the entity that will write [the constitution], not the Muslim Brotherhood.”