Qaradawi calls Egypt's referendum 'absurd'

Egyptian Islamic scholar Yusuf al-Qaradawi also slammed Al-Azhar University and mocked Sisi's hopes for presidency.

Qaradawi calls Egypt's referendum 'absurd'

World Bulletin / News Desk

Egyptian Islamic scholar and influential spiritual leader Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi went on record to criticize Egyptian coup general Abdal-Fattah al-Sisi and the upcoming constitution referendum.

Qaradawi, who resigned from his post at Cairo’s famous Al-Azhar University on the basis that it was "supporting people who resented the fact that the country was living under a free and democratic system", called the referendum, which is planned for mid-January, "absurd".

Saying the General Sisi, who led the July 3 military coup that ousted elected president Mohamed Morsi, had lost his relevance and had no chance of becoming the next Egyptian president, Qaradawi told Qatar’s Al-Watan newspaper that the Muslim Brotherhood, the movement to which Morsi belonged, would once again emerge victorious.

Sisi conducted the coup after a reported 30 million Egyptians took to the streets on June 30 in protest of Morsi’s rule. Qaradawi, however, brushed off the figures, saying, "anyone who says this is a liar; this number would mean that every Egyptian, with the exception of children and the elderly, took to the streets that day."

Güncelleme Tarihi: 24 Aralık 2013, 16:49