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