'We are all Khaled Said' FB group founder comes out for Mursi
Egyptian activist Wael Ghoneim, known for the part he played in the January 25 Revolution, said he has several reservations on Muslim Brotherhood presidential candidate Mohammed Mursi even though he voted for him.
“I voted for Mursi, but am not really happy that he won and I will be a member of the opposition and criticize him when he comes to power,” Ghoneim wrote on his Twitter account.
Ghoneim, the admin of the “We are all Khaled Said” Facebook page that started the call for the January 25 protests, denied allegations that he voted for Mursi because he belongs to the Muslim Brotherhood. “Many people did not vote for Mursi because he is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood or the chairman of its political wing the Freedom and Justice Party, but because they did not want to opt for a member of the former regime.”
Ghoneim explained that many who voted for Mursi in the run-off did not do so in the first round owing to ideological reservations.
“However, in the second round the millions who believe in the revolution and want to see real change had to overcome those difference and vote for him.”
That is why, Ghoneim added, the Muslim Brotherhood needs to look at the results of the run-off as a triumph for the revolution and not for an Islamist candidate.
“Mursi will become the president of all Egyptians and not only Islamists.”
Ghoneim stressed the necessity of unity among Egyptians in that critical stage.
“All political factions need to work together for the benefit of Egypt and to stir away from polarization and disputes.”
This will be possible by focusing on the priorities in the coming stage like combating poverty and illiteracy as well as focusing on science and development.
Ghoneim expressed his happiness following the defeat of Mursi’s rival, Mubarak’s last Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq.
“Shafiq thought that slandering the revolution and allying with its enemies will grant him victory and he was wrong.”
(Translated from Arabic by Sonia Farid)
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