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‘We are not going to elect a dictator,’ says former Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa

May 26th, 2014
03:06 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

Egypt is not “going to elect a dictator,” Former Foreign Minister Amr Moussa told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Monday as Egyptians went to the polls.

Former Egyptian military chief Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is expected to win the presidency.

“We are not going to elect a dictator,” Moussa said. “We are going to elect a president under the stipulations of a constitution.”

His comments came in response to a statement by el-Sisi’s sole opponent, Hamdeen Sabahi, that if elected he would release “all the innocent people who were convicted according to this unconstitutional law” – referring to a controversial demonstration law enacted last year.

“He said I am going to release all innocent people, meaning that he's not going to release the non-innocent people,” Moussa said. “And who determined that? Only the courts can determine that.”

El-Sisi supporter on jailed journalists

El-Sisi’s victory seems all but assured, despite a new Pew poll that says only 54% of Egyptians approve of el-Sisi. His election would return the country to the military-backed rule it experienced under Hosni Mubarak.

El-Sisi, as head of the military, deposed the country’s first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsy, nearly 11 months ago. He also banned the organization that supported Morsy, the Muslim Brotherhood, which is boycotting this election.

Morsy, like his predecessor Hosni Mubarak, remains in jail.

“Our people are tired; they want stability; they want security; they want life – to go in the right direction, not to be threatened by chaos here and there,” Moussa said.

Security, he said, must come before all else – and el-Sisi will make the country secure.

“When you consider the situation in Egypt, take into consideration the security situation – the attack, the threats – before talking only on the demonstrations or certain expressions of opinion.”

Journalists still remain in prison in Egypt – three from Al-Jazeera stand accused of joining the Muslim Brotherhood, which the government says is a terrorist group, as well as broadcasting false information and working in Egypt without permits.

Amanpour interviewed the parents of Peter Greste, one of the journalists, earlier this year.

Their detention, Moussa suggested, is wrong.

“There are certain things that have to be corrected,” he said. “I cannot say that everything was all right, everything was correct. But let us also hope for a different future with the third republic being installed in a few days.”

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  1. Femi

    About my letter. Jaare

    May 26, 2014 at 3:13 pm | Reply
  2. Sam

    The only way to boot MB from power should have been through the ballot box.

    Sissi says he was legitimate to take power because of demonstrations, but has now banished any demonstration.

    Now the bitter fruits of the coup d'état (which this Amr Moussa supported) will poison Egypt for the years or decades to come, absent another revolution (which may be armed this time)

    May 26, 2014 at 3:55 pm | Reply
    • acrabahyiouspe

      You don't remove terrorists through the ballot box. You remove the Terrorist Brotherhood through the police and the courts.

      May 26, 2014 at 4:09 pm | Reply
      • Sam

        And of course, you are the only judge of who is a terrorist or not ?

        During MB short reign not one single person was imprisoned because of his or her opinion, let alone executed.

        In the month that followed Sissi's coup, more than 3000 persons were shot dead and 10 000 were injured in Rabaa Al Adawiya and Nahda Square in ONE SINGLE DAY.

        Now under Sissi, more than 25 000 prisonners of opinion, no more free press, demonstrations forbidden, mass executions.

        Who is the terrorist, again ?

        May 26, 2014 at 4:43 pm |
    • akram

      what about the millions of people who said NO for morsi's presidency ?! u easily call it "coup d'etat" without considering egyptians will .. didn't u see those millions in television in 30/6 ?!

      May 26, 2014 at 7:30 pm | Reply
      • Sam

        Even in developped countries and established democracies, protest numbers vary wildly.

        That's why the only scientific process to put someone in power is through the ballot box

        Some estimates put the number of people who demonstrated on 30/6 at 600 000 only throughout the country. The greatest population pool in Egypt is the Cairo region, and Tahrir was not holding more than 140 000 people on this day.

        May 27, 2014 at 5:46 am |
    • Egyptian

      Dear Sam; MB are no longer welcomed by any Egyptian in nay political position. one year was very very enough for us to finish their power for ever. we love our army in the past, today and forever. if you are not an Egyptian or if you are one of MB; it will not be easy to understand why Egyptians are happy with their new coming president they wish to be AbdelFatah Elsisi.

      May 26, 2014 at 10:50 pm | Reply
      • Terry

        No one can understand what torture Egyptians went through under the MB rule unless the people that lived in Egypt during Morsi. We suffered from killings to burning of churches to force retirement of police to be replaced by MB, kidnapping of young girls, destroying museums, changing history in school books....and so on.... After all this who would not be happy for us....We are glad there are good brave men like Sisi. God bless Egypt.

        May 27, 2014 at 10:27 am |
    • mido

      hahahahha coup you are so crazy you say coup only when the media say its coup when 33 miillion came out on the street you say its a cou but when in ukrain 10000 people came out on the street for 1 week and parlament get the elected prisedent out and give a new prisendet you see this not a coup than ,,, you must not only look at cnn look at the right cnn is just than a game in america to the goverments

      May 30, 2014 at 7:37 pm | Reply
  3. Bahyamba

    What are we talking abou?t.That the anticipated monster to lead Egypt for next generation is not Putin's puppet?

    May 26, 2014 at 6:19 pm | Reply
  4. Egyptian

    Mousa telling lies he knows and everyone in Egypt that this election is no more than play , they set it up to cover the coup against civil president fairly elected Mohamed mossy

    May 26, 2014 at 7:36 pm | Reply
  5. Egyptian

    What if sisi can not bring security that the Egyptian seeks back and the same demonstrations have motivated at againest him !!!! Shall we call military again to interfere and remove him from power !!!
    This is makes no sense ,,, democracy is democracy respect the ballot box whatever who came otherwise you get stuck with a dectator

    May 26, 2014 at 7:42 pm | Reply
  6. Egyptian

    One more thing I forgot to mention ,,, sisi has appointed his son military intelligence and one of his relative's as cheif command ,,, simply this intoduces new principal in the Egyptian military which is never known before with any prisendent is Nasser Sadat Mubarak ,,
    We can imagine the impact of any demonstrations against sisi how harshly they fight it considering what happen in Syria Yemen and libeya that turn the formal military to militias

    May 26, 2014 at 7:53 pm | Reply
  7. Sam Lubergooz

    This Amr Moussa has been a butlikker all his life...He did it 4 Mubarak and now doing it 4 general CC...A hypocrate cannot be anything but a Hypocrate...

    May 26, 2014 at 9:41 pm | Reply
  8. Hisham

    لا توجد أنتخابات حقيقية فى مصر. يوجد أنتخابات مزورة أو مزيفة. يوجد فى مصر نظام ديكتاتورى دموى عنصرى بغيض . هذا النظام الديكتاتورى قتل عشرات الالوف و سجن الكثير من أصحاب الرأى و المعتقدات الأبؤياء و المسالمين من الشعب المصرة. مرة أخرى لا يوجد أنتخابات حرة حقيقية فى مصر منذ ٣ يوليو ٢٠١٣ و الديكتاتور عبد الفتاح السيسى هو من يحكم مصر منذ ٣ يوليو 2013

    We are suffering in Egypt since the third of July 2013, since the military coupe. There is no democracy in Egypt at all.
    There is no real elections in Egypt since the third of July 2013. There is a false, fake and fraudulent election. We have a dictatorial bloody racist regime in Egypt. It is a hateful regime . This dictatorial regime killed tens of thousands and imprisoned lot of thousands of Innocent peaceful people. Again there is no real free elections in Egypt since July 3, 2013 and the dictator Abdel Fattah Sisi is ruled Egypt since July 3, 2013

    May 27, 2014 at 4:51 am | Reply
    • مصري اصيل

      حقيقة المؤامرة علي العالم العربي كله من الكلاب الضالةلحساب اسيادهم الشياطين اعداء الانسانية و السلام العالمي و عدم استقرار الوطن العربي....

      وعلشان انت من السفهاء و المرتزقة اعداء مصر فا رب العزة طمس علي عقلك و علي بصرك

      مخطط الشياطين لتقسيم الوطن العربي....

      May 27, 2014 at 6:35 am | Reply
  9. mohammed Qutubuddin

    May 27, 2014 at 4:56 am | Reply
  10. Sam

    After one day of voting...NOT EVEN 5% TURNOUT...!!!!

    Egyptian pro-Sissi medias go into a tantrum, insulting the people in all their show for not accepting this forced wedding with the dictator. Check it out :

    May 27, 2014 at 6:39 am | Reply
  11. abk

    There were no Million people. But the now the Egyptians will get taste of their own medicine once Sissy is elected with the $5 billion, Uncle sham gave him. It will be back to the Past.

    May 27, 2014 at 10:52 am | Reply
  12. Thom

    You're in the Middle East, you don't have Democracy. Just shams presented by those who want the world to think there aren't dictators in charge

    May 28, 2014 at 2:23 pm | Reply

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