Egyptian revolution was Islamic, not democratic

Sunday, February 20, 2011 |  Ryan Jones

The leader of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood on Sunday clarified that the toppling of President Hosni Mubarak and his regime was driven primarily by a desire to return Egypt to its Islamic roots, and not by a Western ideal of democracy.

Speaking from Iran, where he is attending the International Conference on Islamic Unity, Kamal Helbawi stressed the Islamic nature of the Egyptian uprising, and criticized international efforts to make the revolution look like a move toward the West and its principles.

“People of Egypt are seeking human dignity, social justice, and their human rights none of which has any contradiction with Islamic principles,” Helbawi told Iran’s IRNA news agency. He added that the people’s demands stemmed from their interest in Islam.

Regarding the Israel-Egypt peace treaty, Helbawi insisted, “We cannot respect such agreements and won’t approve of them.”

If the Brotherhood comes to power, or has any significant influence over the next Egyptian government, Helbawi reiterated that it would “annul the shameful Camp David Accords.”

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