CNN Wire Staff
Cairo, Egypt (CNN) - Keeping with the low-profile it has adopted in Egypt's uprising, the Muslim Brotherhood said Wednesday it wants to promote democracy but does not intend to field a candidate for president.
"The Muslim Brotherhood are not seeking power," Mohammed Morsi, a member of the group's media office, said at a Cairo news conference. "We want to participate, not to dominate. We will not have a presidential candidate, we want to participate and help, we are not seeking power."
The Islamist umbrella group also sought to dispel fears that it would push for an Islamic state in a post-Hosni Mubarak era.
"We reject the religious state," said Mohammed Katatny, former head of the Muslim Brotherhood's parliamentary bloc.
But fears that the Muslim Brotherhood could hijack Egypt's pro-democracy movement is real. It has been expressed by foes of President Mubarak like businessman Naguib Sawiris, part of the self-proclaimed Council of the Wise, as well as Mubarak's allies abroad, including the United States.
The concerns were perhaps compounded by last week's remarks from Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khameni, who referred to the revolts in Egypt and other regional nations as the "Islamic awakening."
But Katatny said the Brotherhood was not responsible for statements made by others.
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