(JNS.org) Egyptian presidential hopeful Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, the country’s former military chief, says the Muslim Brotherhood is “finished” if he is elected later this month.
In a wide-ranging interview with two private Egyptian TV stations, El-Sisi vowed to crush the Muslim Brotherhood while restoring stability and bringing development to Egypt.
“Any responsible Egyptian who is capable of stepping in to save the nation, must do so… the country is being targeted from inside and out,” El-Sisi said, Al-Ahram reported.
When asked whether or not people should vote for him for president on the basis that he would finish the Muslim Brotherhood, El-Sisi replied, “Yes. Just like this.”
El-Sisi said it wasn’t his decision, but that all Egyptians “reject reconciliation with the Brotherhood.”
He went on to blame the group, which was recently officially declared a terrorist organization by Egypt, for “arrogance in religion.”
“The thought structure of these groups says that we are not true Muslims, and they believed conflict was inevitable because we are non-believers,” he said. “It will not work for there to be such thinking again.”
El-Sisi enjoys broad support within Egypt for his role in ousting former Muslim Brotherhood President Mohamed Morsi last July. It is widely expected that he will win the May 26-27 election, since his only opponent is unknown leftist politician Hamdeen Sabahi.