Brotherhood leader denies deal on Awa's presidential bid

Local media claimed al-Awa, a prominent Islamic scholar and thinker, had met recently with senior Muslim Brotherhood leader Gomaa Amin in London to discuss contesting the presidential election

Brotherhood leader denies deal on Awa's presidential bid

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Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood denied on Monday any agreement with former presidential contender Mohamed Selim al-Awa to contest the upcoming presidential polls.

Local media claimed al-Awa, a prominent Islamic scholar and thinker, had met recently with senior Muslim Brotherhood leader Gomaa Amin in London to discuss contesting the presidential election as the candidate of the Islamist trend.

"We did not know anything about al-Awa's recent visit to London," Hani al-Deeb, a senior Brotherhood leader based in London, told the Anadolu Agency.

He dismissed the media reports, insisting no such meeting has ever taken place.

"We did not talk with anyone about any electoral alliances," al-Deeb insisted.

He slammed the reports as "an attempt to drag the Brotherhood into the ambush of the roadmap" imposed by the powerful army following its ouster of elected President Mohamed Morsi.

"We reject the roadmap outright. How would we discuss preparations for a presidential vote considered a main component of the plan?" al-Deeb said.

A source close to al-Awa said there were no plans yet for a fresh presidential bid.

Al-Awa came six in the 2012 presidential elections which brought Morsi, a Muslim Brotherhood leader, to power.

"Al-Awa has not talked with us about such bid, and he had previously said he would not go through the same experience again," added the source, who was a leading member in al-Awa's 2012 presidential campaign.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 30 Eylül 2013, 23:20

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