Egypt Independent

Hamzawy: I didn’t support Shafiq, will oppose Morsy



Former liberal MP Amr Hamzawy has denied that he supported Ahmed Shafiq, a former air force chief and Hosni Mubarak's last prime minister, in the presidential race.

Hamzawy tweeted that he didn’t support Shafiq, but will be in the opposition against president-elect Mohamed Morsy.

He saluted the speech Morsy gave yesterday in Tahrir Square, however, saying it was conciliatory because it affirmed the civil nature of the state.

Before the People's Assembly was dissolved, Hamzawy was an independent MP representing the well-off area of Heliopolis. He was one of the few MPs who managed to secure a seat without a runoff during the election held from November to January.

Hamzawy said Morsy shouldn’t be described as a “leader” and people should not over praise him. “We want a president that we can hold accountable," he wrote.

Yesterday Morsy, the Muslim Brotherhood's candidate, took an informal oath of office during his speech in Tahrir.

"There is no power above people power," Morsy said to enthusiastic cheers from the crowd. "Today you are the source of this power. You give this power to whoever you want and you withhold it from whoever you want, with God's blessings."