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Egyptian presidential candidate warns Brotherhood's win will bring back autocratic rule

Cairo, Thu, 19 Apr 2012 ANI

Cairo, Apr 19 (ANI): Former Egyptian foreign minister Amr Moussa has warned that if the Muslim Brotherhood's candidate wins the upcoming presidential elections, and if the political wing dominates the parliament, it may yield a one-party system that would brook 'no serious debate' in public.

Moussa, who has become one of the top contenders in a May 23 presidential contest after the election commission barred ten presidential hopefuls, now faces an unpredictable battle against the two other major candidates- Muslim Brotherhood's head Mohammed Morsi, and Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh, who represents a moderate Islamist choice.

In an exclusive interview with The Wall Street Journal, Moussa warned that the Muslim Brotherhood controlling the legislature and the executive could return the country to the kind of autocratic rule that corrupted the ousted regime.

"It would be very destructive. The [former ruling party] should not be replaced with a different color and a different hat," the paper quoted him, as saying.

He pointed out that the Brotherhood had initially promised not to run a presidential candidate, partly from the same concern.

According to the paper, Moussa also expressed the importance of Egypt's relationship with the US, which has been Egypt's strongest security partner.

He also proffered the idea of pursuing an Egyptian 'virtual membership' in the European Union.

"Egypt wouldn't seek to join the bloc, but would use its membership requirements as a guide to administrative and economic overhauls," the paper quoted Moussa, as saying. (ANI)

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