Former presidential candidate Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh has described what is being said and done by some opposition forces in Egypt as the "settling of accounts" with the Muslim Brotherhood. By appearing in the media, he said, some members of the opposition are trying to build "empty leadership at the expense of the nation".
Speaking to Egyptian expatriates in Washington DC on Wednesday, Aboul Fotouh said, "Those who want to settle accounts with the Muslim Brotherhood will do this sort of thing, but it should not be at the expense of the nation by getting young Egyptians to rebel." They are the present and future assets who we want to build our country, he added.
He rejected attempts to neutralise presidential decrees. Although he insisted that this should not be said after the revolution, Aboul Fotouh did not oppose the constitutional declaration.
Egyptians in the United States, especially young people, believe that dialogue, a common touch and the presumption of good intentions are essential in order to survive this crisis. They pointed out that all sides should be aware that nobody is absolutely right or absolutely wrong on this matter.
They stressed that the two parties to the dispute need to reject violence in all its forms, and meet together peacefully to resolve disputes. The preservation of Egypt's stability and security has to be the main priority.