The Muslim Brotherhood support coalition is discussing its stance on whether to participate or boycott the presidential elections, sources from the coalition told to Youm7.
Parties of the coalition agreed that each party will discuss its stance separately, and then a meeting for all the parties will be held to review their stances and to agree upon the final stance of the coalition on the presidential elections, the sources said in a statement.
Such a method will ensure that no party within the coalition will individually make a decision, they said. It will also guarantee that the decision will be made after the approval of the majority of the members in the coalition.
The sources added that all parties will discuss the issue of presidential elections from different perspectives. They will discuss the presidential elections law, the names of the candidates, the candidates’ chances for winning, and the guarantee of full international observation.
The coalition may also back a candidate if the elections law satisfies the coalition, the sources said. The sources said the coalition will announce its stance in a statement or press conference.
The sources said the coalition seeks a political solution and an initiative that satisfies all parties, whether to be through political figures or through parties of the coalition.
Wahid Abdel Meguid, advisor to the Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies, said it would affirm the events of June 30 if the Brotherhood supported any candidate. He added that the “legitimacy” slogan that the Brotherhood uses would “be a political myth” by then. He said it is likely the group will not participate in the elections for this reason.
Meguid said in a statement to Youm7 that the actions the group has taken has turned it from an organization into “terrorists,” and from exercising political activities to violence, and this will make it difficult for them to return to the political scene.
Abdel Sattar el-Meligy, a dissident from the group and former member of the group’s Shura Council, said the group will not boycott the presidential elections. It will support one candidate secretly to avoid legitimizing the events of June 30, he said.