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Abul-Fotouh: Egyptian army should stay away from politics

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Egypt’s moderate Islamist and Strong Egypt Party leader Abdel-Moneim Abul-Fotouh urged on Tueday the military to stay away from politics in order to protect itself.

During a special interview with Al Arabiya, Abul-Fotouh also said that the "demonization of the Muslim Brotherhood is threatening state institutions," including the military, which he said was the only institution not damaged by the previous regime of Hosni Mubarak.

The former Brotherhood member said Mursi failed to adopt a policy of partnership and cooperation with other political forces. He added that the Mursi also relied to incompetent people to run state institutions.

Abul-Fotouh said he was “surprised” by the amount of anger against Mursi.

Abul-Fotouh was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood and served in its Guidance Bureau from 1987 until 2009. He broke away from the Islamist movement in 2011 to run for presidential elections.

He also helped found al-Gamaa Islamiya during the 1970s.