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Egypt’s Abul Fotouh denies calling for early presidential elections

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Former Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood member and ex-presidential candidate Abdul Moniem Abul Fotouh denied on Sunday calling for early presidential elections in comments he made last week.

"Those who claim we are calling for early elections are lying to the people in their quest for [power]," Abul Fotouh said during a party conference in the Upper Egyptian governorate of Beni Suef, according to Egyptian news site Ahram Online.

Abul Fotouh had reportedly called for early presidential elections at a press conference in the Nile Delta in March and when he was in Doha earlier the same month.

In one conference, Abul Fotouh criticized the presidency and the cabinet and called for resorting to democratic means to topple the current Muslim Brotherhood regime, which came to power following the February 2011 revolution that brought an end to Hosni Mubarak's era.

Abul Fotouh, head of the Strong Egypt Party, also said that the government is incapable of running state affairs, adding that President Mohammed Mursi and his party are incapable of ruling Egypt or carrying on with achieving the 2011 revolution's aims and principles.

He also said that he does not plan to run for any upcoming presidential elections, adding that the party will nominate a man in his forties to run for that post.