There's been plenty of drama leading up to Egypt's presidential elections later this month. But in addition to the infighting and violence, there is an overarching fear surrounding who will assume the presidency. In the post-Hosni Mubarak world, some fear that radical Islamist ideals will overtake the nation, leading to increased hostility and volatility. And a recent comment about "jihad" from Mohammed Mursi, a top candidate being touted by the Muslim Brotherhood, will only add to worries.
According to The Voice of Russia, an international media outlet owned by the Russian government, Mursi is calling for a Constitution that is based on the Koran and sharia law.
"The Koran is our constitution, the Prophet is our leader, jihad is our path and death in the name of Allah is our goal," Mursi apparently said in an election speech at Cairo University on Saturday evening. "Today we can establish Sharia law because our nation will acquire well-being only with Islam and Sharia. The Muslim Brothers and the Freedom and Justice Party will be the conductors of these goals."
Considering the string of theocratically-driven statements coming from religious and political leaders, these latest comments are concerning. Last week, The Blaze told you about Egyptian Cleric Safwat Higazi and his comments about a "Caliphate." Mursi, he said, will apparently help to re-establish this massive Islamic state.
If Mursi wins later this month, he will be elected to a four-year term. Voting will take place on May 23 and 24.
(H/T: Gateway Pundit)