Al-Sisi rules out Brotherhood presence in parliament

Al-Sisi said Egyptians would not accept the presence of the Muslim Brotherhood in the next parliament

Al-Sisi rules out Brotherhood presence in parliament

World Bulletin / News Desk

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi has ruled out the possibility of introducing amendments to Egypt's newly-approved constitution or the presence of the Muslim Brotherhood, the movement of ousted President Mohamed Morsi, in the next parliament.

During an interview with the editors of three state-run newspapers – that is expected to be published in the three newspapers on Tuesday – al-Sisi said Egyptians would not accept the presence of the Muslim Brotherhood in the next parliament.

"Is it logical to demand amendments to the constitution that short time after the people had approved it?" al-Sisi asked in the interview, which was published on Monday by the website of the state-owned newspaper Al-Ahram.

Commenting on a new law drawing electoral districts across Egypt, the Egyptian President said he had hoped that Egyptians would accept the law, even if they were not 100 percent contented with it.

"Regardless of anything, the law is a step forward," al-Sisi said. "It is important to move forward and then we can complete the unfinished work," he added.

He expected Egypt's parliamentary elections – the third step on the transitional roadmap, which was approved following Morsi's ouster – during the first quarter of 2015.

He said election preparations would start before Egypt hosts in March of next year an international economic conference suggested earlier this year by Saudi Arabia's King.

Al-Sisi said he held Saudi efforts to heal rifts between his country and Qatar in high esteem. Nevertheless, he said he would wait and see what Qatar would do in the days to come.

Saudi Arabian efforts recently succeeded in partially thawing relations between Cairo and Doha – two Arab capitals whose relations deteriorated dramatically following Morsi's ouster by the Egyptian army in July of last year.

Qatari media, including Al Jazeera's Mubasher Misr news channel, regularly described Morsi's ouster as a military coup and allowed the ousted President's supporters to criticize Egypt's post-Morsi authorities.

Cairo had viewed this as "interference" in its domestic affairs. Egypt had also asked Qatar to deport several Morsi supporters and opponents wanted by the Egyptian authorities.

Earlier this month, however, a special envoy dispatched by the emir of Qatar met the Egyptian President in Cairo for the first time since the latter came to power in June of this year.

A short time later, Saudi Arabia said both Cairo and Doha had accepted its initiative for reconciliation.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 30 Aralık 2014, 13:43