Coptic priest and deputy head of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party Rafiq Habib said that Islamist movements may not continue to monopolize the political arena in the future, as political movements do not always maintain their support among the public.
Habib said on his Facebook page Saturday, “If supporters of the Islamic trend represent the majority, or even the mainstream and the backbone of society, that does not mean they will always garner a political majority.”
“Masses who adopt an Islamic ideology represent the majority of the community with a relative high stability. But in electoral events, this majority will choose the one who achieves their political demands and who is committed to the Islamic reference at the same time,” Habib added.
“If political parties of the Islamic movements are the only ones committed to the Islamic reference, and are the only ones able to form a popular base, then they will altogether reap a majority until other political parties committed to the Islamic reference appear and succeed in forming its popular base. Or until technocratic parties committed to the Islamic reference appear and succeed in proving its competence through building networks of interests that compete the political parties of the Islamic movements,” he said in the statement.
The influence of Islamic movements grew stronger following the ouster of former President Hosni Mubarak in a popular uprising in January 2011, reflected in the election of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party candidate Mohamed Morsy as president in June.
Islamist figures also dominate the Constituent Assembly tasked with drafting a new constitution.