Egypt gov’t illegal, undemocratic: MB leader

PressTv. A top leader of the Muslim Brotherhood movement says the Egyptian military-backed government is illegal, adding the regime’s crackdown on protesters runs counter to democracy, Press TV reports.

In an interview, London-based leader Mohammad Ghanem said the “unelected” regime had hijacked the Egyptian people’s will since it came to power through a “vicious coup.”

“They go against the constitution, they are illegal … so whatever they do, we do not really consider them as an authority, as a real authority,” he noted.

“That is why the whole Egyptian people … [are] refusing this bloody vicious coup and that coup cannot … remain [in power]. It has to be reversed and bring back the democracy and democratic process in Egypt,” he added.

Ghanem dismissed the government’s accusation that the Muslim Brotherhood has undermined efforts to resolve political crisis by rejecting reconciliation, saying the current regime which killed and detained thousands of people and hijacked the democratically-elected government could not speak of democracy.

“That is not a democracy and you cannot build a democratic process or democracy by killing democracy. That is contradiction. It cannot be acceptable, it cannot work,” he said.

He added that the accusation was “an excuse” for the military-backed regime to keep in power as it had “no public base” among the Egyptians.

Egypt has been hit by a wave of protests since the Egyptian army overthrew elected President Mohamed Morsi, suspended the constitution, and dissolved the parliament in July.

Hundreds of people have since been killed in the wave of violent clashes between Morsi supporters, his opponents and security forces.

Earlier this month, the Egyptian military-backed government declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization. The movement has categorically rejected the accusation.