Good news: Brotherhood sheikh to run for president in Egypt

First, the Brotherhood in Egypt said they would only contest half the seats in Parliament. It's more like 75% now. Then they said they wouldn't put up a candidate for president. They now have two.

Gosh - ya think they want to take over the country, or something?

Muslim Brotherhood Sheikh Hazem Abu Ismail announced his intention to run in Egypt's upcoming presidential elections.He said that if elected he would implement Islamic sharia law and cancel the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel.

Ismail was the Brotherhood's candidate in 2005 parliamentary elections for Dokki in Giza.

The group announced earlier that it would not take part in the presidential elections and confirmed that it would compete for only half the seats in Parliament. But Ismail is the second Brotherhood member to have announced his intention to run for president in defiance of the group's leadership. The other Brotherhood candidate is Abdel Moneim Abouel Fotouh, a liberal-minded Islamist.

"If I could apply sharia in Egypt, all people, including non-Muslims, would applaud me four years later," said Abu Ismail.

The sheikh said that no current presidential candidate represents the Egyptian people.

"We seek to apply Islamic law, but those who don't want it prefer cabarets, alcohol, dancers and prostitution, as the implementation of Islamic law will prohibit women to appear naked in movies and on beaches," Abu Ismail added.

The sheikh also says he wants to get rid of the peace treaty with Israel. But don't you worry. Our president and his administration have this Egypt thing down cold. The Brotherhood are moderates now and believe fervently in democracy.

Michelle better buy a burqa if she expects to attend the sheikh's inauguration.



First, the Brotherhood in Egypt said they would only contest half the seats in Parliament. It's more like 75% now. Then they said they wouldn't put up a candidate for president. They now have two.

Gosh - ya think they want to take over the country, or something?

Muslim Brotherhood Sheikh Hazem Abu Ismail announced his intention to run in Egypt's upcoming presidential elections.

He said that if elected he would implement Islamic sharia law and cancel the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel.

Ismail was the Brotherhood's candidate in 2005 parliamentary elections for Dokki in Giza.

The group announced earlier that it would not take part in the presidential elections and confirmed that it would compete for only half the seats in Parliament. But Ismail is the second Brotherhood member to have announced his intention to run for president in defiance of the group's leadership. The other Brotherhood candidate is Abdel Moneim Abouel Fotouh, a liberal-minded Islamist.

"If I could apply sharia in Egypt, all people, including non-Muslims, would applaud me four years later," said Abu Ismail.

The sheikh said that no current presidential candidate represents the Egyptian people.

"We seek to apply Islamic law, but those who don't want it prefer cabarets, alcohol, dancers and prostitution, as the implementation of Islamic law will prohibit women to appear naked in movies and on beaches," Abu Ismail added.

The sheikh also says he wants to get rid of the peace treaty with Israel. But don't you worry. Our president and his administration have this Egypt thing down cold. The Brotherhood are moderates now and believe fervently in democracy.

Michelle better buy a burqa if she expects to attend the sheikh's inauguration.



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