Brotherhood official: Ex-PM financially supports protests

The vice-president of the Freedom and Justice Party, the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood, Essam El-Erian, says anti-Brotherhood protests are financially supported by Egypt’s former prime minister. (File photo: Reuters)

The vice-president of the Freedom and Justice Party, the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood, Essam El-Erian, accused Egypt’s former prime minister of financially supporting protesters against Islamist President Mohammed Mursi, the online edition of Al-Ahram newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Ahmed Shafiq, who was the last prime minister in the ousted regime, was also a former presidential candidate. Shafiq came second after Mursi during the 2012 elections.

According to El-Erian, the best decision to solve the current situation in Egypt is to hold early parliamentary and not presidential elections. Anti-Mursi protesters’ main demand is to hold early presidential elections.

El-Erian said holding presidential elections will still put Islamists at an advantage since they enjoy wide support.

“There are protesters that said Mursi has seven years ahead and [populist Salafist leader] Hazem Abu Ismail has eight years,” he said, adding “Abu Ismail has supporters everywhere and if he entered presidential elections the outcome will be different.”

Hazem Abu Ismail was one of the front-runners in the presidential elections in 2012.

General prosecutors not returning

In light of the mass protests against Mursi, the Egyptian appeals court challenged the leader, when it upheld a lower court decision to dismiss the prosecutor general appointed by him, judicial sources and the state news agency MENA reported on Tuesday.

In November, Mursi issued a decree that gave him sweeping powers. He removed public prosecutor Talaat Abdallah and ordered the return of former prosecutor Abdel Meguid Mahmoud to his post.

However, El-Erian ruled out the return of both men “The former prosecutor general Abdel Meguid Mahmoud returning is impossible, and the return of Talaat Abdallah is impossible too.”

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