Muslim Brotherhood angry Erdogan called for 'secular' Egypt

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September 14, 2011 14:59

 
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The Muslim Brotherhood on Wednesday expressed anger at Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's assertion that Egypt should adopt the Turkish system of government and ensure the state's secular nature in its constitution, Al Arabiya reported.

Erdogan made the statement during an appearance on Egyptian television. The Turkish leader had received a hero's welcome upon his arrival in Egypt. Many of the Egyptians gathered to welcome Erdogan appeared to be religious conservatives eager to imitate his AKP party’s success in bringing traditional Islam into mainstream politics.

“Erdogan, Erdogan – a big welcome from the Brothers!” one protester’s banner said, in reference to the Muslim Brotherhood.

However, Brotherhood spokesman Dr. Mahmoud Ghozlan said in a statement that Erdogan's comments constituted foreign intervention into Egypt's internal issues.

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