Muslim Brotherhood: Secular democracy not exclusive model

In a New York Times op-ed on Wednesday, a senior Muslim Brotherhood leader rejected the notion that "the only options in Egypt are a purely secular, liberal democracy or an authoritarian theocracy."
Essam El-Errian, a member of the Egyptian Islamic group's guidance council, added, "Secular liberal democracy of the American and European variety, with its firm rejection of religion in public life, is not the exclusive model for a legitimate democracy."
Additionally, Errian said that the Brotherhood stands "behind the demands of the Egyptian people as a whole," and that reform must begin on the terms that have been called for by millions of Egyptians over past weeks," a veiled call for Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to step down.