- Middle East/North Africa
A Shura Council youth committee member said Wdnesday that Mohamed Morsy is the right man for president, and that God chose him for president before the people did.
Saeed Ahmed al-Kilany, who is also a member of the Salafi-oriented Nour Party, praised an earlier speech from the president, saying, “I am confident the president will beat the enemies of success in the end."
Salafis have frequently alluded to religion and divine intervention in political affairs, particularly during the run-up to presidential elections this year. Prominent Salafi sheikh Ahmed Nashaat had said in May that "presidential candidate Mohamed Morsy has been selected by God.”
Nashaat, a leader of the Salafi-leaning Jurisprudence Commission for Rights and Reform, said that Morsy is the only one capable of applying Sharia and achieving the Islamic project.
“God chose Morsy and He will make the people vote for him,” Nashaat said during a rally organized by the commission and the Muslim Brotherhood.
Also during Wednesday’s session, Abdel Rahman Haridy, the appointed member from the Egyptian Current Party, said the president's speech and the new Constitution give young people no right to parliamentary seats, even though they comprise 48 percent of society.
For his part, youth committee chairman Mohamed Hafez urged youth to join political parties rather than form alliances and coalitions.
“Alliances are short lived, parties stay,” he said.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm