Brotherhood youth demand more transparent governance

Brotherhood youth demand more transparent governance

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Fri, 21/12/2012 - 17:09

The Muslim Brotherhood Youth have called on President Mohamed Morsy to clarify the reasons behind his recent actions.

The people need clarification on the president’s decision-making process and what happens within state institutions, including the appointment and dismissal of officials, said Mohamed Haddad, a Brotherhood Youth member in the Delta city of Mahalla.

“We need, like other people, a clear understanding of each decision taken by the Cabinet and presidency,” Haddad said, adding that he wondered why the president didn’t provide more details regarding the conspiracy he claimed was afoot to overthrow him and the revolution.

Haddad also said that a new, partisan Cabinet should be formed that would be able to carry out the president’s electoral promises and be held accountable for the state’s actions.

The Brotherhood Youth are troubled by the Morsy administration’s lack of transparency, said Mohamed Saeed, a Brotherhood member from Alexandria. The youth question their group leaders but are unable to get firm answers, Saeed added.

However, other members have defended the fact that the Brotherhood has a democratic structure allowing for differences within its ranks.

Brotherhood leader Ahmed al-Hag said that it is natural to find different points of view in any group. Youth members ask their leaders daily about the reasons behind the state’s decisions, and the leaders reply with whatever information they have, Hag said.

Hag added that he agrees with some demands of the youth, but disagrees with others. He also explained that the Brotherhood organizes small groups that hold weekly meetings to discuss different visions and suggestions.

The Muslim Brotherhood does not run the Morsy administration, Hag said. For instance, when the Cabinet moved to increase prices, Brotherhood leaders were against that decision, he added.

Some youth also said that the opposition to Morsy’s rule is not unified.

Saeed said there are two fronts currently facing off in Egypt: the first includes the president and Islamists, and the second includes the revolutionary forces, the deep state and the remnants of Mubarak regime. He added the second group aims to hinder national progress.

He also maintains that some state institutions are derailing Morsy's mission.

The Interior Ministry’s slow response to the recent attacks on Muslim Brotherhood and Freedom and Justice Party headquarters, as compared to how quickly the ministry responded to attacks on the Wafd Party headquarters, suggests that there is an anti-Islamist conspiracy, Saeed said.

Haddad added the ministry needs to be purged of corruption, as does the judiciary.

A number of young Brotherhood members have defected from the group over the last two years in protest against the guidance bureau's policies.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm