Muslim Brotherhood refuses to give up motto

Egypt`s largest opposition group Muslim Brotherhood has refused a request by the committee for parliamentary elections to replace their famous motto "Islam is the solution" ahead of parliamentary elections in November.

Last Updated: Oct 09, 2010, 11:36 AM IST

Cairo: Egypt`s largest opposition group Muslim Brotherhood has refused a request by the committee for parliamentary elections to replace their famous motto "Islam is the solution" ahead of parliamentary elections in November.

Commenting that the ban on the use of religious symbols and slogans was mainly directed at it, Head of the group`s parliamentary bloc Saad al-Katatni claimed that the motto was political, not religious.

The movement intends to take legal ways to solve this issue, he said.

Meanwhile, the call by reformists within the group to boycott elections aroused controversy within the opposition movement. The call was carried further by youth on their blogs.

Muslim Brotherhood spokesman Kamal al-Hilbawy said that the gains from participating in the elections are minimal compared to those from boycotting them.

He also added that if the Islamic group and the opposition boycott the elections then that will show the world how uncooperative the ruling National Democratic Party is.

PTI