Brotherhood decides to drop 'Islam is the solution' for presidential race

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Brotherhood decides to drop 'Islam is the solution' for presidential race

The Muslim Brotherhood's presidential candidate will not use the group's long-standing slogan, "Islam is the solution," for the upcoming election.

The group's candidate, Mohamed Morsy, will instead campaign under the slogan "Renaissance is the will of the nation," after the Presidential Elections Commission banned the use of the motto.

Ahmed Abdel Aaty, the general coordinator for Morsy's presidential campaign, said the new motto would be used in the campaign, denying claims that the Brotherhood would stick with its old one.

At a press conference, Morsy said people used to criticize the old motto as too loose and unreflective of a specific political platform. He said the group's renaissance project translates the motto into applicable ideas, MENA reported.

Abdel Moneim Abdel Maqsoud, the lawyer for the Brotherhood, criticized what he described as the elections commission's threat to refer the slogan to public prosecution.

In a statement issued on Monday, Abdel Maqsoud said commission head Hatem Bagato rejected the motto by saying it is religious.

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