After the announcement in Cairo a few days ago of the timeline for the presidential elections, a coalition of 42 Egyptian political parties issued a statement warning against attempts by the Muslim Brotherhood to return to the political scene, considering calls for their return as a “crime against the Egyptian people.”
The Egyptian coalition’s statement added that the presence of the Muslim Brotherhood organization is always associated with chaos and destruction, emphasizing that the call for their return “goes against the national interest.”
Mahmoud Nafadi, the spokesperson for the coalition, stated in the statement that the Presidential Council of the Egyptian Parties Alliance, led by Deputy Taysir Matar, the Alliance’s Secretary-General, described attempts to bring back the Muslim Brotherhood to the scene as a “crime against the Egyptian people,” who rose against the organization on June 30, 2013, and paid a high price in blood to reclaim Egypt from the rule of the Brotherhood’s regime.
The statement mentioned that “all party leaders who are members of the Presidential Council of the Alliance, as well as party leaders, have vowed to respond vehemently to anyone attempting to pave the way for the return of the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood before anyone else, as the people have experienced pain and suffering at their hands. They have closed that chapter forever and will not allow it to be reopened.”
Among the parties in the coalition that signed the statement are: “The Will of the Generation,” “The Egyptians,” “My Egypt,” “Al-Nasseri,” “The National Movement,” “The Democratic People,” “The Socialist Liberals,” “Leadership,” “Arab Socialist Egypt,” “Human Rights,” “Citizenship,” “Voice of Egypt,” “Democratic Sadat,” “Egypt of the Future,” “The Free,” “The New Tomorrow,” and “Voice of Egypt.”
The officially registered political parties in Egypt number 104.
Other parties outside the coalition have also joined in rejecting the calls. The “Union Party” expressed in a statement its complete rejection of the return of the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood to the political scene.
The Union Party’s statement stated that it “completely rejects any calls from any individuals for the return of the Muslim Brotherhood to the scene, as their presence is always associated with chaos and destruction,” adding that “such calls are a departure from the path of nationalism.”
The head of the Union Party, Reda Saqr, in the statement, called on the people to treat the Muslim Brotherhood as they did on June 30, 2013 when they took to the streets to reclaim the Egyptian state shortly after the Brotherhood’s rise to power.
Dr. Hisham El-Naggar, an expert in Islamic political movements, described the parties’ move as “significant,” considering it as cutting off the path to attempts to reorganize the Muslim Brotherhood on the political scene.
El-Naggar stated that the timing of the parties’ statements is suitable in light of efforts to bring back the organization through the efforts of others, especially after one of the potential presidential candidates welcomed this return, thinking it would serve his position in the elections.
El-Naggar warned that this could open the door to indirect participation by the Muslim Brotherhood in the upcoming elections by mobilizing its dormant cells and sympathizers to vote for its allies, giving it a presence in the scene indirectly.
This unanimous stance by the parties, according to El-Naggar, is a demonstration of popular pressure against tolerating movements that have used religion as a pretext for killing, assassinations, and as a tool to monopolize power.
Several potential presidential candidates have also expressed their rejection of the Muslim Brotherhood’s return to the political scene. In recent televised statements, the potential presidential candidate and head of the Egyptian Democratic Socialist Party, Farid Zahran, stated that he would not accept an alliance with anyone who allies with the Muslim Brotherhood.
The potential presidential candidate emphasized that he is against the Muslim Brotherhood and opposes their principles because they mixed religion with politics, were characterized by sectarianism, and used violence and terrorism.