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Tuesday, November 01, 2005


"Montasser al-Zayat, a former militant from Egypt's bloodiest Islamist group and ex-prison mate of Al-Qaeda's current eminence grise, is taking his battle against the regime to the ballot box.

He will face a myriad of other candidates, from the ruling National Democratic Party as well as several from an opposition coalition that includes the Wafd, leftist parties and the powerful Muslim Brotherhood.

"I wish I didn't have to compete against a member of the Muslim Brotherhood when we both believe Islam is the solution. I failed to convince them not to field a candidate there," he said.

But the former militant of the hardline Gamaa Islamiya (Islamic Group) didn't have only kind words for his rivals.

"The Brotherhood has not worked hard enough in parliament for the adoption of the Sharia," or Islamic law, he said."

Bad Muslim Brotherhoods, bad. They are not good Muslims!

"It's not like fire will engulf Egypt if we rule one day. Opposition will have its place if it's the will of the people," said Zayat.

You're right. Fire will not engulf Egypt, it will burn it.

"But Copts should stop asking for minority rights and to build more churches than they need. They are full-fledged partners in the state," he added in the same breath.

Because Copts are full-fledged partners in the state, they should stop asking for more chuches even if they thought those more chuches are needed. OK, I get the idea.

Alexandria, Yesterday and Today.

A must read article by Mona El Tahawy.

Her latest article on the same issue is here.


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