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.