Muslim Brotherhood Calls for Mubarak to Step Down

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The Muslim Brotherhood held a press conference Wednesday and cited some of their demands for the Egyptian government. It's one more sign the Islamic group wants to play a higher profile in the two-week-old demonstrations to overthrow the regime of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

The Brotherhood -- the largest opposition party in Egypt -- issued a call for a new era to begin in the Arab country and for Mubarak to leave office.

"The president should step aside," said Mohamed Mursi, a senior member of the group. "He must leave his position. His regime already failed by these people. He must leave his position and a new era should start. This is our position."

Mursi also said all the Muslim Brotherhood wants is a free and democratic Egypt. However, many observers are suspicious.

"They're not in favor of real democracy," said James Woolsey, a former Central Intelligence Agency director. "They may be in favor of 'one man, one vote, once' which is what happened in Gaza. Then they cancelled of course any future elections."

Woolsey told CBN News he felt an Egyptian government influenced by the Muslim Brotherhood would look a lot like Gaza.

"Getting the Muslim Brotherhood involved is like getting Hamas," he said. "Hamas is the Muslim Brotherhood organization. So if you like the way Gaza is governed by Hamas, you'll love the Muslim Brotherhood taking part in the government in Egypt."

Woolsey also felt the Obama administration has underestimated the influence and cunning of the Muslim Brotherhood.

"I'm not sure the White House grasps this yet," Woolsey added. "I think they have forgotten there's a term in Arabic called 'taquia' which essentially means lying to infidels. And I think that is what they are listening to the Muslim Brotherhood and other organizations, some in the U.S. and say, 'Oh this is going to be just fine.' It's not going to be a problem. Well it is a problem."

Woolsey said the consequences could be disastrous.

"If the White House or anybody else lets the Muslim Brotherhood participate in the transitional or formation of constitutional amendments for Egypt, I'm very worried we will have a very strong influence in a future Egyptian government," he said. "And that means a very bad situation for the Middle East, for Israel, and us and everybody else."

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