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17:43 | 2012-11-12


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Senior Politician: Egypt Not Purged of Former Regime Officials Yet

TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior Egyptian politician expressed regret that part of the corrupt officials of Hosni Mubarak's regime are still in power, and asked the Cairo government to double its efforts to materialize the goals of the January 25 revolution.

"The goals of the revolution have not yet been materialized and no tangible change has yet been made," Omar al-Shal, the founder of Egypt's popular movement and a prominent Egyptian judge, told FNA in an exclusive interview in Cairo on Monday.

"It is obvious to all that at present there is no social justice in Egypt and the killers of the January 25 revolution martyrs have not been punished and nothing has changed yet," he added.

Shal also referred to President Mohammad Mursi's pledge about doing reforms and uprooting corruption in the country, and said the president enjoys full authority and influence over the government and the parliament and he can clean the country from the corrupt elements of the former regime if he really wants to.

President Mursi has assured the Egyptian nation that he would uproot every last corrupt official, no matter what his or her position is so as not to allow corruption to pervade public institutions and society ever again.

During a public rally and meeting held earlier this month at the Conference Center - University of Assiut, Mursi said, "Now we are in possession of information about who is actively trying to manipulate the destiny of this homeland, we will not hesitate to put our hands on all dens of corruption, no matter where they are. If any action sidesteps the interests of this country, I will be on the lookout for this small number of people, and I will respond to their selfish acts with all firmness."

"In order to attain the objectives of the revolution, social justice must be achieved, corruption must be uprooted and the country's funds must be for its people."

"No corruption, no favoritism, no time-wasters," he added, and said, "We have opened a Central Bank account under the name Nahdat Misr (Egypt Renaissance) for those who wish to purify themselves of corruption proceeds. They can deposit funds in that account. God accepts repentance."

The President pointed that some people were trying to keep gains from corruption by doing all they can to tarnish the image of the state as a whole, and said, "We will confront those who obtained land through corruption and those who used funds to own satellite TV stations that deliberately distort the facts. The revolution has a will which still drives it to achieve its goals, and erupts as and when necessary."

President Mursi reiterated that he would not hesitate to call the entire Egyptian people for a second revolution, "to say clearly who the saboteurs are and who violated the rights of the homeland. In this country, there is no place for corruption or the corrupt. I call on all those who try to illegally smuggle into this country weapons or other banned goods or materials, and those who use young people to do the smuggling, to return to the embrace of their homeland."

For the corrupt, President Mursi said, "Those who pay taxes evaded earlier, and those who reconcile their position in good faith, with regard to wealth acquired unlawfully, this door is now open for them. However, reconciliation does not mean giving away the right homeland. The greatest impediment to stability, development and real renaissance is corruption. Some individuals seek to dodge punishment, using funds earned from corruption."