Amr Moussa: Islamists won't take power in Egypt

By REUTERS
April 11, 2011 17:13

 
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CAIRO - Arab League chief Amr Moussa, a leading contender to become Egypt's next president, said Islamists will not take power in the country but are bound to be a player on the political scene.

"Egypt will be a democratic state and will not regress," Moussa told newspaper al-Hayat in remarks published on Monday.

"There will be an Islamic element -- or an element based on an Islamic reference, as the constitution says -- in Egypt's political body," he said.

Moussa, 74, said his age meant he would stand for only one term and had already drafted his campaign manifesto.

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