Asharq Al-Awsat, former Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq spoke about the current political situation in the country, criticizing the performance of the Muslim Brotherhood-led government there, in addition to expressing his deep love for his homeland.
General Shafiq narrowly lost the 2012 Egyptian presidential elections to Freedom and Justice party candidate Mohamed Mursi. Shafiq obtained 48 percent of the vote in the election run-off, losing to the Muslim Brotherhood candidate who won 52 percent of the vote. He has since left Egypt and is residing in the United Arab Emirates.
Asharq Al-Awsat] What’s your view of the situation in Egypt two years on from the 25 January revolution?
[Shafiq] The situation is very bad to the point that we are in danger and it cannot continue in this manner. First, the political problem is primarily a domestic one, because the Egyptian people do not accept—in any way, shape, or form—what is happening; that is the greatest problem. As for the external problem, this is that the whole world is well aware, without any shadow of a doubt, of the Egyptian people’s rejection of the methods of the current regime.
[Asharq Al-Awsat] In your view, is this problem due to the ruling regime or the opposition, or are both parties at fault?
[Shafiq] By God, all parties have their problems, however the primary problem in the country are due to the rulers, namely the Muslim Brotherhood. The rulers completely failed to achieve any of the desired results that are talked about following any regime change.