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Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood to participate in rally

Posted by on July 7, 2011 0 Comment

Cairo: After weeks of ambiguity, Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood on Wednesday announced it’s decision to participate in a demonstration next Friday to pressurise the country’s military rulers on reforms but ruled out joining the sit-in call made by political parties.

“The Brotherhood has decided to participate in the demonstration on July 8 (aimed at) raising the flag of justice so that all rights can be regained, and all criminals punished and all the demands of the revolution met,” a statement released today said.

However, the Brotherhood said it will not join the sit-in after the rally which other political parties were calling for.

The Brotherhood had initially announced it’s non-participation, which had prompted rumors amid Egypt’s political circles claiming them to have struck a deal with the military council, which took power after an uprising ousted president Hosni Mubarak in February.

The protest had earlier been called to demand for a new constitution before legislative elections in September.

Some had feared that holding elections before the adoption of a constitution would give the Islamist group too much influence in drawing up the charter.

However, the motive of the rally was retracted after Egyptian courts this week granted bail to officers of the former regime accused of killing protesters during the revolution. Zeenews

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