Abouel Fotouh says won't keep current military rulers in office if elected

News article, posted 05.14.2012, from Egypt, in:
Abouel Fotouh says won't keep current military rulers in office if elected (Photo: Al-Masry Al-Youm)

Presidential hopeful Abdel Moneim Abouel Fotouh has said he would not keep members of Egypt’s ruling military council in office if he is elected president after the election slated for 23 and 24 May.

Speaking to media presenters Dina Abdel Rahman and Magdy al-Gallad on CBC satellite channel late Sunday, the moderate Islamist candidate stressed he is against keeping current military council members in their posts.

He said he would prefer instead to give the opportunity to younger, efficient military cadres.

Abouel Fotouh, a front-runner in the race according to polls, has support from both hardline fundamentalists and liberals.

The former Muslim Brotherhood leader denied striking any deals with Salafi groups in return for their support, adding that his campaign is more focused on “rebuilding the nation.”

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