Egyptian presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq said Friday he would have “no problem” if the Muslim Brotherhood were in charge of the government.
Shafiq, the last prime minister of the Mubarak government and former air force chief, made the comments in an interview with London-based television station Al-Hayat. “I see no problem in the coming prime minister of Egypt being from the Freedom and Justice Party,” he said.
Mohammed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood candidate, will be Shafiq’s opponent in the second round presidential election run-off, scheduled for June 16 and 17.
Meanwhile, Abdel-Moneim Abolfotoh, an Islamist candidate who was ousted in the first round of the elections this week, said he would throw his support behind the Brotherhood’s candidate in order to “eradicate” the former Mubarak regime from power.
Abolfotoh said he would hold talks with all the national movements to “unite their efforts against the regime… to complete the goals of the revolution,” Ma’ariv reported Saturday.
Millions of Egyptians came out to vote last Wednesday and Thursday in what was hailed as the first free election in the Arab world.
The first round race turned out close. By Friday evening, counts from stations around the country reported by the state news agency gave Morsi 25.3 percent and Shafiq 24.9 percent with less than 100,000 votes difference.
To many Egyptians, Shafiq represents the stability of the old regime in the face of uncertainty with the Brotherhood, which promises to run the country in accordance with Islamic law.