The Muslim Brotherhood are eventually expected to nominate a candidate for the president of Egypt, officials said on Wednesday. This would be a complete turnaround compared to previous statements.
The Muslim Brotherhood, who were the big winners of the recent legislative elections, have insisted since the fall of President Hosni Mubarak's regime they would not have a presidential candidate in the upcoming vote. The first round will take place on 23 and 24 May The Brotherhood said that instead they would support one of the other candidates.
But so far the Muslim Brotherhood have not announced their support for one of the declared candidates, among them Amr Moussa, the former secretary general of the Arab League, who is defined as a liberal nationalist, and Abdel Moneim Abol Fotoh, who was excluded from the ranks of the Brotherhood after defying their decision to stay out of this election.
Meanwhile, the Muslim Brotherhood said they wanted to open the Egyptian border to trade with Gaza, a decision that can change the lives of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians under an Israeli blockade. "I want the full opening of the border, and allow everyone to travel from Gaza into Egypt," said Mahmoud Ghozlan, spokesman of the Egyptian Brotherhood.
"We support the opening of the border for import and export," he added. Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip since 2007, also supported this proposal. "The tunnels do not satisfy us," said Mahmoud al-Zahar, a leader of the Islamist movement.