Soldiers take position at a school that is to serve as a polling station in Cairo, a day ahead of Presidential elections, May 25, 2014. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
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A former Muslim Brotherhood leader has warned that government oppression in Egypt is fanning militancy that will pose a threat abroad unless the army-backed authorities start respecting freedom and human rights.Abdel Moneim Abol Fotouh, who left the Brotherhood in 2011,said that once former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi wins a presidential election this week -- as is widely expected -- he had two choices: restore Egypt's path to democracy, or risk more instability that will dash hopes for economic development.The state, claiming a popular mandate for crushing the Brotherhood, says it is in a war against Islamist militants who have killed several hundred members of the security forces in bombings and shootings that followed Mursi's removal.Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri came from Egypt.The state has declared the Brotherhood a terrorist group.Abol Fotouh said he had tried to promote reconciliation between the Brotherhood and the army, but neither had the will.He said Sisi had been Egypt's de facto leader since last July, but did not want to prejudge his presidency.
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