Presidential hopeful Amr Moussa was one of the closest friends of former President Hosni Mubarak, said Makram Mohamed Ahmed, former head of the Press Syndicate, on Thursday.
"Many of Mubarak's closest friends have turned into rebels today," Ahmed said in a television appearance Thursday night, alleging that Moussa was one of them.
He said that when Moussa was nominated for his former post as Secretary General of the Arab League, Mubarak had been in touch with all Arab leaders for 17 continuous hours in order to prompt them choose Moussa.
Moussa served as the Arab League chief from 2001 to May of 2011, after having served as Egypt's foreign minister from 1991 to 2001.
Moussa refused in February calls to try Mubarak, and held instead his son, Gamal, responsible for the deterioration of conditions in Egypt throughout the last decade.
Ahmed, one of Mubarak's supporters under former regime, said Mubarak's intentions were patriotic when he first came to power in 1981, but that in the last ten years, he turned away from politics, leaving power to his son Gamal and the now imprisoned businessman Ahmed Ezz.
Translated from the Arabic Edition