Egypt generals ban using religious slogans in vote

October 9, 2011 17:11

CAIRO - Egypt's ruling military council has amended election rules to ban the use of religious slogans, a move the Muslim Brotherhood said on Sunday may prompt it to reconsider using its traditional campaign phrase "Islam is the solution".

The Brotherhood was banned under the ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak but ran candidates as "independents", who could be identified on posters by the Islamist group's well-known slogan.

Many liberal politicians and Egyptians have been worried by the rising influence of the Brotherhood since the uprising. The group has sought to quell concerns by saying it wants a pluralist democracy and did not want to impose Islamic law.

"Electoral campaigns based on the use of religious slogans or on racial or gender segregation are banned," a military council decree issued late on Saturday said, adding violators could face three months in jail and be fined.

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