Egypt Independent

Muslim Brotherhood: We won’t maintain an exclusive role



The Muslim Brotherhood tried to reassure political players on Sunday that it will not maintain an exclusive role in forming the country's new constitution.

A social pact necessitates that all national entities take part in forming the constitution, the group said. It also urged political unity in the face of what it describes as "remnants of the National Democratic Party".

Observers believe the Brotherhood, one of Egypt's most organized political groups, will likely win a majority of seats during the next parliamentary polls.

According to the recent constitutional amendments, which were backed by 77.2 percent of voters, the next parliament will elect a panel that will lay down the country's new constitution.

Several political organizations had expressed concerns that Muslim Brotherhood members will gain the majority in the formation of the anticipated panel.

The group's platform rejects the nomination of women or Copts for presidency. It also calls for a civilian state with a religious source for legislation.

Helmy al-Gazzar, a member of the group's Shoura (consultancy) Council, said the Brotherhood will not create the new constitution alone. 

"Excluding the other is a violation of the social pact," al-Gazzar said.

"It is certain that within less than a year, we will have a new constitution that achieves the aspirations of those who backed, or rejected, the amendments," said Saad al-Husseiny, another member.

Commenting on analyses suggesting that passing of the amendments favored the Brotherhood, al-Husseiny said that the vote served Egypt's interests.

"The intimidation against the group was nonsense. It is not a shame that we have been organized," he said. “We said we were not going to compete for presidency and won’t seek a parliament majority. What else can we do?”