The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe (FIOE) follows with deep alarm the rapidly unfolding developments in Egypt, represented by the military coup against democracy, which suspended the constitution, ousted the nation’s democratically-elected president and legitimate institutions, returning the country to the yoke of military rule, and acts of murder, and terror directed against peaceful protesters.
The Egyptian people’s revolution on 25 January 2011 represented a spark of hope, and a decisive milestone in modern history for Egypt and the Arab world; it revitalized the aspirations for democratic change, transparent popular participation, and reform of political, economic, and social conditions in these countries. Subsequently, the Egyptian people have taken important steps on the road of democratic change. However, it was clear that such change faced many difficulties and obstructive attempts from within the country and abroad. However, sights were turned to finalising elected institutions through an expected return to the ballot boxes in choosing a new parliament. However, the step taken by the army to oust the democratically elected president after only one year, suspending the constitution for which the people had voted only six months earlier, dissolving elected bodies, and halting Parliamentary elections, came as an extremely grave development, despite the pretexts given of social and economic crises, and divided political opinions and positions on the Egyptian scene.
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The GMBDW notes the allusion to “obstructive attempts from within the country and abroad” which we consider likely a coded reference to some kind of “US-Zionist” conspiracy so favored as an explanation by the Global Muslim Brotherhood for any developments adverse to their interest. FIOE also notably failed to disclose that Ayman Ali, known to have served as the FIOE Secretary-General, was selected in August 2012 as one of Dr. Morsi’s four Presidential advisers. In February 2013, an Egyptian newspaper identified Dr. Ali as a senior member of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood Guidance Bureau.
The Federation of Islamic Organizations in Europe (FIOE) claims to be an independent organization representing the interests of Muslims in Europe. In reality, the FIOE is an umbrella group that comprises the global Muslim Brotherhood in Europe. Strong links connect FIOE’s leadership central institutions and member organizations to the Brotherhood, as well as to Saudi Arabia. Funding for the FIOE is derived largely from Gulf sources, including some of the ruling families of the United Arab Emirates. The FIOE has strong ties to Hamas and Hamas fund-raising organizations, and some FIOE member organizations show evidence of links with Al-Qaida. The FIOE has a headquarters office in Brussels and has had some success in positioning itself as a “dialog partner” for the EU and other important institutions.