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November 30, 2010 Special Dispatch No. 3413

Mohammad Ghanem, Muslim Brotherhood Representative in the UK: The Egyptian Regime is a Dictatorship

November 30, 2010
Egypt | Special Dispatch No. 3413

Following is an excerpt from an interview with Mohammed Ghanem, representative of the Muslim Brotherhood in the UK, which aired on Press TV (Iran) on November 15, 2010:

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Mohammad Ghanem: "To understand the political system in Egypt, you must recognize that the regime in Egypt is a dictatorship. Parliamentary elections are a show, and I would see no difference... The outcome of the elections... Mr. Mubarak has been there 30 years. He holds 85% of the power of the regime, and the 15% within the Authority [Assembly] of the People are appointed by him."

Moderator: "He is the president, of course. Presidents wield power. This would be his sixth term. He has submitted himself to elections, so is it a dictatorship?"

Mohammad Ghanem: "It's a dictatorship regime because he holds all the power. It is only a one-man show. Now, he has developed even that system to be a family and a business. It is a dynasty, and the whole economy of the country is run according to the interests of Mr. Mubarak, his family, and his loyals."

Moderator: "So what is the impact of that – if that is indeed true – for the average, ordinary Egyptian? What does this mean life is like for them?"

Mohammad Ghanem: "Poverty, ignorance, illness, no services. The people felt denial. They felt that they have been neglected, because there is one percent – maximum between one and two percent – who own the country, who run the economy, and run the interests for their own." [...]

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