Brotherhood spokesperson denies meeting Shafiq before election

Muslim Brotherhood spokesperson Mahmoud Ghozlan denied that he met with former presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq, saying, “I only saw him on TV.”

In a statement on Wednesday, Ghozlan criticized the privately-owned Al-Tahrir newspaper for publishing what he said was false news about him. The paper reported that he and two other Brotherhood members met with Shafiq and discussed an offer for over 50 percent of the ministers in a Shafiq government from the Brotherhood in exchange for the group’s support in the election.

“How could we do this if we had our own candidate for the election?” he asked. “And how could we deal with a remnant of the former regime?”

The Brotherhood holds Shafiq responsible for the “Battle of the Camel,” at least from a political perspective, the statement said, adding that the group knew Shafiq was involved in corrupt deals that he is now being tried for.

Ghozlan added that Al-Tahrir aims to defame the group and its figures.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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