February 9th, 2011
12:15 PM ET

Muslim Brotherhood: 'We are not seeking power'

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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  1. Niveen

    Mubarak has successfully kept all opposition suppressed for the past thirty years not allowing the reasonable voices to be heard, or any reasonable personalities to develop. The classic example is how he sent Amr Moussa to the Arab League, simply because his popularity was rising. The Muslim Brotherhood is not a threat because they do not represent the fabric of society in Egypt. Thank you Anderson.

    February 10, 2011 at 12:14 am |
  2. Khalil Arabi

    Hello Anderson,
    I commend you for your courage on reporting the truth about the Egyptian peaceful revolution and the corrupt Mubarak regime. I venture to guess they would like to see you and other honest reporters out but the scrutiny does not permit them to carry on their wish.

    In regards to the Muslim Brotherhood, there is no doubt they are a conservative group, and hold an extreme view when it comes to Israel. But that's no reason to have them excluded from the political process like some would suggest. Look at some of the very conservative and radical parties in Israel – they deny the Palestinians any right to a homeland and yet they hold prominent position in government. Just a thought that I wanted to voice. Again your reporting is much appreciated.

    February 9, 2011 at 11:04 pm |
  3. Charles : Mesa, Az

    Any groups with religious ideology would better serve the Egyption people by staying out of politics. The Muslim Brotherhood in partricular does not support the peace agreement with Israel. The last thing on earth the Egyption people need is a war with Israel. War is not conducive to prosperty. War would also plunge them into a state of emergency;conditions that can reverse everything the Egyption people protested for...

    February 9, 2011 at 8:42 pm |