Telecommunications mogul Naguib Sawiris says presidential candidate Mohamed Morsy has failed to assuage fears that he will impose a conservative Islamist state if elected.
Morsy "was not successful in reassuring people with regard to [his] concept of the civil state," Sawiris said, defining a civil state as not based on religion but governed by a constitution in which all citizens have equal rights and responsibilities.
"The next president should be a true believer in the civil state, not a president who copes with the events until the electoral process ends, then we find ourselves in [a guardianship] state as with the oppressive Iranian regime," Sawiris told Al-Arabiya news channel.
Sawiris said the results of the first round of the presidential election, from which Morsy and former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq proceed to a runoff, have left voters with a difficult decision.
Sawiris had previously endorsed former Arab League head Amr Moussa, who was knocked out in the first round last month.
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