Despite a weekend of violence on the streets of Cairo, the Muslim Brotherhood remains defiant. Euronews’ correspondent Mohammed Shaikhibrahim has been talking to Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy about the situation.
“The Muslim Brotherhood came to power in a democratic way, and by the will of the people but overnight they were overthrown and their president removed…isn’t it natural for them to have a strong reaction to what they see as a major injustice?” asked Mohammed Shaikhibrahim.
Egypt’s Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy responded:
“The president had been elected – this is true, but he did not practice politics in a democratic way after the election. There are many examples of presidents who win power through being elected but then they don’t adhere to accepted democratic practice, and then people have rejected them….this is what happened in Egypt.”
Nabil Fahmy added:
“Egyptians did not have any choice, so they took to the streets, and the numbers that came out were more than those who voted for President Mursi. He should have responded to the people by calling for new elections.
The Islamic movement and Mursi supporters now feel angry, but they have to learn the lesson, they have the right to participate in a vote, and we are asking them again to participate through various committees and afterwards to take part in new elections.”
A fuller version of the interview will be available shortly.