World Bulletin / News Desk
An audio recording allegedly purported to Egypt's Defense Minister Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi showed the top general's negative sentiment towards leader of Strong Egypt Party leader Abdel-Moneim Abul-Fotouh.
The Rassd News Network released the audio recording of Al-Sisi during a recent interview with editor-in-chief of the local daily Al-Masry Al-Youm Yasser Rizk, during which the military chief described Abul-Fotouh as an "extremist Muslim Brotherhood member."
The remark came as the conversation was apparently touching on the upcoming presidential polls and the chances of possible candidates.
"Someone like Abul-Fotouh…If he wins, what would he do with us?" Al-Sisi said of the politician, who came fourth in the 2012 presidential polls that brought ousted president Mohamed Morsi to power.
Abul-Fotouh is a former Brotherhood leader who left the group soon following the 2011 uprising that toppled longstanding autocrat Hosni Mubarak. Since then, he became a vocal critic of the group's policies. However, opponents accuse him of being a secret Brotherhood backer.
"Abdel-Moneim would hang us as slaughtered sheep. He is a Brotherhood member," Rizk said.
Rizk continued to say that he told veteran media figure Mohamed Hassanein Heikal in a meeting last year that Abul-Fotouh has never given up his sympathy for the Brotherhood.
"I told Heikal if someone joined a homosexual group then he left the group over differences with its members, does it mean he is no longer a homosexual?" the chief editor asked.
"With due respect, Abul-Fotouh sees himself worthy of being the supreme guide of the Muslim Brotherhood or his deputy," Rizk said. "But it's easy to destroy him completely," he added.
The authenticity of the recording could not be verified and there was no immediate comment from the Egyptian authorities on the tape.
This is the third recording released by the online news network of the interview which has been published earlier this month to coincide with Egypt's celebrations of the anniversary of the victory over Israel in 1973. The paper dismissed the recordings as "fabricated."Last Mod: 31 Ekim 2013, 12:38