EU deputy not worried about rise of Muslim Brotherhood
EU deputy Edward McMillan Scott said Sunday in Cairo that he was not worried about the Muslim Brotherhood because Egypt is a moderate country, dpa reported.
"In my experience, Egypt is a moderate country that can enjoy democracy as all other countries and in that, religion plays a role," said McMillan Scott, the first European Union official to visit Egypt since president Hosny Mubarak resigned following 18 days of popular uprising.
There were concerns from Western governments and from within Egypt that the banned Muslim Brotherhood would rise to power in the absence of Mubarak.
"It was Mubarak's agenda and the Israeli agenda to suggest that somehow Egypt will fall into an Iranian situation," he said.
McMillan Scott, who spoke to reporters at the headquarters of the opposition al-Ghad party, expressed "shame that for so long European countries and others have stood by and watched what happens in Egypt without taking any direct involvement and allowing the regime to continue for so long."
Also present was al-Ghad party leader Ayman Nour, who was a 2005 presidential candidate against Mubarak.
Nour said the opposition will continue to call for "million-man marches" on Fridays until all the demands of protesters have been met, including ensuring free and fair elections and the abolition of an emergency law that allows the government to arrest people with charges.
McMillan Scott said he also met with members of Mohamed ElBaradei's National Coalition for Change and members of Egypt's oldest opposition party, al-Wafd.