One day after Tuesday's decision by the Supreme Presidential Electoral Commission (SPEC) to uphold a ruling that disqualified him from the presidential race, Khairat El-Shater told a rally that the decision was unjust but insisted, "it's not about me, it's about Egypt."
El-Shater also directed scathing criticism towards the SPEC for refusing to acknowledge that he presented all the necessary documents to ensure that his legal status to run for president was sound. However, he stressed that neither he, nor the Brotherhood, were concerned about holding any political position, pointing out that when he heard of the SPEC's initial decision he was on his way to a rally and decided to continue with the event because he wanted to talk to the people about his vision. The SPEC made the initial decision on Saturday to ban El-Shater and nine other candidates from running for the nation's top post. All appeals, including El-Shater's, were rejected on Tuesday evening. El-Shater, however, claimed that the commission deliberately ignored the documents he presented.
"Personally I am happy that I am no longer part of the presidential race. However, if we are talking about the interest of the nation, then what happened yesterday was a huge crime," he said.
However, El-Shater said that he and the entire Brotherhood would put their full support behind their new candidate Mohamed Mursi, the president of the group's political wing the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP). When question marks were raised regarding El-Shater's legal status the group presented Mursi as a substitute in case El-Shater was disqualified.
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