Khamenei calls for Islamic regime
Muslim Brotherhood Ready For Transition
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Tehran, Feb 4: Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Friday called for an Islamic regime to be installed in Egypt, saying the wave of Arab revolts is an “earthquake” triggered by the 1979 Iranian revolution.
The all-powerful Khamenei said the Arab uprisings, if successful, would lead to failure of US policies in the region and that the revolts were the most worrying for the Islamic republic’s arch-foe Israel as its alliance with Egypt could be broken.
“Do not back down until the implementation of a popular regime based on religion,” said Khamenei, Iran’s commander-in-chief, who switched from Persian to Arabic during his Friday sermon directed at Egyptians.
“The clergy should play a role. For example, when people come out of mosques and chant slogans, they should support. Inshallah (God willing) part of the Egyptian army will join the people. The main enemy of the Egyptian army is the Zionist regime and not the people,” he said.
The sermon marked the first time in seven months that Khamenei has addressed the weekly Friday prayers and came as protesters massed in Egypt for sweeping “departure day” demonstrations to force President Hosni Mubarak to quit.
Tehran, which severed diplomatic ties with Cairo in 1980, has backed the revolt in Egypt and warned Washington against “interfering” in what it says is a movement of the people.
“Today’s events in North Africa, Egypt and Tunisia and some other countries have different meanings for us,” Khamenei said in Persian at Tehran university where thousands of worshippers gathered to hear the nation’s spiritual guide.
“This is what was always talked about as the occurrence of Islamic awakening at the time of the Islamic revolution of the great Iranian nation and is showing itself today,” he said.
“Our revolution has been able to be inspiring and a model because of perseverance, stability and its insistence on principles,” he told crowds of cheering worshippers who chanted “Death to America! Death to Israel!”
Khamenei said the Iranian revolution showed what “political independence and (ability) to resist enemies is.”
“Today in Egypt one can hear your voice echoing there. The American president who was in power during the (Iranian) revolution has said in an interview that what you hear in Egypt is familiar.
What is heard in Cairo today was heard in Tehran during his days,” Khamenei said referring to former US President Jimmy Carter.
He said the Arab revolts are “a real earthquake” and if successful would lead to “failure of American policies” in the Middle East.
Khamenei attacked Mubarak, calling him as the “servant” of Israel and the United States.
MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD READY FOR TRANSITION
Meanwhile, Egypt’s banned opposition Muslim Brotherhood is ready to hold talks on a “transition arrangement” in the violence-wracked nation on condition that embattled President Hosni Mubarak steps down, the organisation’s supreme leader has said.
“We have a single point demand that unjust, tyrant and corrupt Mubarak has to quit,” Muhammad Badie, the chief spiritual guide of the Egyptian organisation, told Al Jazeera as tens of thousands of people held the biggest ever rally termed “day of departure” in Cairo’s historic Tahrir Square, demanding ouster of the beleaguered Egyptian President.
Ten days of turmoil in Cairo appear to have emboldened the Muslim Brotherhood leadership as they surface after decades of being underground.
The Muslim Brotherhood spiritual chief made an unannounced appearance on Al Jazeera saying “we stand with all political forces supporting dialogue with whoever wants to implement reforms in Egypt, but only after the exit of Mubarak.”
Banned for decades and treated as a pariah, the Muslim Brotherhood has suddenly shot into prominence and within sight of its long-cherished dream of attaining power in a moderate secular country like Egypt.
The wave of protests have come as a boon to the organisation as it is now being recognised and is playing an open role in the politics in Egypt.
A major boost for the organisation came last night with the new vice president Omar Suleiman inviting it for negotiations over Egypt’s future and transition to democracy.
The step amounted to a stunning concession to a group which had been dubbed as “bloody radical” and which the present regime considered its worst enemy.
The Brotherhood was founded in 1920 and outlawed in 1954. (AFP)
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