AP is reporting that a U.S. Congressional delegation has met with the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood presidential candidate Khayrat el-Shater even following the decision by the Brotherhood to break earlier promises not to field a candidate. According to the report:
(Amr Nabil – AP) A congressional delegation traveling in Egypt raised a few eyebrows Monday when it met with Khayrat el-Shater, the Muslim Brotherhood ’s new presidential candidate in the country’s 2012 presidential race. The Brotherhood’s surprise move Saturday to run its chief financier and strategist — reneging on prior commitments not to run anyone for president — was a political bombshell, worrying liberals and secularists and even splitting the Brotherhood. Members of the bipartisan House Democracy Partnership,which brings together U.S. lawmakers and those from countries with less-established democratic traditions, cautioned against placing too much significance in their Monday meeting with el-Shater. The meeting was scheduled before the controversial presidential nomination, Rep. Gerry E. Connolly (R-Va.) said at a Cairo press conference. “I would not read much into it,” he added, according to thedailynewsegypt.com The delegation, which has gone often to Arab Spring countries — they were in Libya just before the Cairo stop — also included chairman Rep. David Dreier (R-Calif.), ranking member Rep. David Price (D-N.C.) and Reps. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) and Erik Paulsen. They took off Tuesday for Kosovo and Macedonia.”
A post from last week reported on the Egyptian Brotherhood decision to nominate a Presidential candidate.
As we noted here when the Obama administration hosted members of the Muslim Brotherhood in the White House, el Shater has said he will push for sharia law and it’s also being reported that the MB is choosing Iran as a partner.
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