EGYPT: Most popular candidates running for President are also the most radical

Crowds turned out to cheer on Egyptian radical Islamist, ultra-conservative Sheikh Hazem Abu Ismail who is a proponent of Saudi-style strict sharia rule.

For the past 20 years, this Muslim Brotherhood presidential candidate has been sitting in jail. Now, Egyptian military judges dropped all convictions against  Khairat el-Shater, clearing the nominee of the nation’s dominant political party to run in the election.

Business Week  The Brotherhood said March 31 that el-Shater was its candidate for the presidential election that begins May 23 and May 24, making him one of the favorites to win and potentially increasing tensions between the once-banned group and the generals who currently rule the nation. The Brotherhood, whose Freedom and Justice Party alliance holds 47 percent of the seats in parliament’s lower house, had previously said it wasn’t planning to run a candidate for the presidency.

Former CAIR official who was deported from the U.S. and now is an Egyptian Presidential Candidate, pledges to “Complete The Implementation of Islamic (sharia) Law In Egypt”

(MEMRI) via  Weasel Zippers Following are excerpts from Egyptian presidential candidate Bassem Khafaji, which aired on Al-Nas TV on March 7, 2012:

“We Egyptians — both Muslims and non-Muslims — refer to the shari’a in many things. I often ask people: How did you get married? Wasn’t it according to the shari’a, regardless of whether you are Muslim or not? Weren’t you married in accordance with your religion? When somebody in our family dies, how we inherit him? Not in accordance with the shari’a?

No [candidate] should say that he is coming to implement the shari’a, because part of it has already been implemented. What the Egyptian people want is to complete this implementation. As president, I will personally assist in the completion of the correct implementation of the shari’a, by consulting the experts [in Islamic law].”

It bears worth mentioning that Khafagi was deported from the US in 2003 after pleading guilty to immigration and bank fraud charges. At the time, he was community affairs director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), as the Washington Times noted following his guilty plea.

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