Abouel Fotouh: State of insecurity ‘fabricated’

The state of insecurity prevailing in Egypt has been “fabricated” and perpetuated by former Tora prison officials, presidential hopeful Abdel Moneim Abouel Fotouh said Wednesday, blaming the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) for allowing the officials to fund a militia of thugs.

Former officials are trying to make Egyptians hate the revolution, Abouel Fotouh added.

“The more the transitional period goes on, the more the country's economic future is in danger, as investors won't return unless there is an elected government,” he said at the “Egypt After the 25 January Revolution” symposium held at Beni Suef University Wednesday.

Abouel Fotouh said anyone who aspires to become Egypt's president should be a "servant" to the people and always remember that they will topple him if he violates the country's interests.

If Egypt wants to build its private sector back up, Abouel Fotouh said, it should be “halal,” because privatization was managed by a “gang that robbed Egypt."

Fear of Islamists is a product of the Mubarak regime, said the former Muslim Brotherhood member, claiming that no Islamists have called for the establishment of an Islamic state. He called on Islamist movements and parties to announce their visions for the future and promise to abide by their platforms to ease people's fears.

Abouel Fotouh urged voters to turn out for elections to monitor electoral fraud and vote for the candidate they believe will work for the benefit of Egypt regardless of political affiliation.

"We will not allow anyone to forge our will. We must confront each thug who aims to destroy our future," he said.

“Decisions issued by the SCAF and the failing cabinet are not mandatory for the people,” he also said.

Translated from the Arabic Edition

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