Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said the Muslim Brotherhood poses a threat to the country's security and Egypt would face isolation in the world if the Islamist movement became more powerful.
In an interview published on Thursday, the Egyptian leader said people would leave Egypt with their money, investment would stop and unemployment rise if the Brotherhood -- Egypt's strongest opposition party -- gained in influence.
"The trend of the outlawed Brotherhood group poses a threat to Egypt's security because it adopts a religious approach," Mubarak told the weekly el-Osbu magazine. "If we assume that there is a rise in this trend we will see a repeat in Egypt of other experiences ... of regimes representing political Islam ... and many would flee with their money, and investments would stop and unemployment would rise."
"Egypt would be totally isolated from the world," Mubarak commented.
The president said this was why he is proposing to enshrine in the constitution a ban on political parties based on religion and the use of religious slogans in elections. "We support a civil state in which everyone enjoys the rights of citizenship ..., " he added.