"Frankly speaking, the Islamist current is losing popularity," he said. "But this is the case for all movements" in Egypt.
He said Islamists' shortcomings have been because their powers are "incomplete" and "there is resistance from within state institutions."
In a telling sign of the diminished power of religious rhetoric, the Salafi al-Nour Party seems to be trying to a subtly different path. Once an ally of Morsi and the second biggest winner in the parliament elections, it has since distanced itself from the president. In a statement this week, it warned against dividing the country into Islamic and non-Islamic camps.
"The party rejects identifying those who oppose the ruing regime as against Islam or the Islamic project," the statement said.
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