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2nd revolution anniversary to be 'more positive' than 1st: Brotherhood official

As Egypt's revolutionary forces gear up for anti-govt demos on uprising's first anniversary, Brotherhood deputy leader says Islamist group will 'never allow revolution to be derailed'

Ahram Online, Sunday 20 Jan 2013
Mahmoud Ezzat
Mahmoud Ezzat, the Muslim Brotherhood's deputy supreme guide (Photo: Al-Ahram Arabic news website)
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Unlike the first anniversary of Egypt's January 25 Revolution, which saw considerable antagonism between the Muslim Brotherhood and the country's other political forces, Brotherhood deputy head Mahmoud Ezzat expects the second anniversary – which will fall on this Friday – to be "more positive" as Egypt now boasts a democratically elected president and a constitution approved by the people.

"We will never allow the revolution to be derailed or violence to break out," Ezzat was quoted as saying by Al-Ahram Arabic-language news website in reference to the upcoming second anniversary of the popular uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak.

Ezzat went on to assert that the Muslim Brotherhood planned to contest Egypt's upcoming parliamentary polls unilaterally, without entering into any electoral coalitions.

"The group is keen that the [incoming] parliament represents the Egyptian popular will and the real weight of the country's diverse political forces," he said.

Meanwhile, Egypt's Revolutionary Youth Union (RYU), a prominent coalition of revolutionary figures formed in the wake of the revolution, announced its initial plan – in conjunction with other revolutionary forces – for this Friday's anniversary.

According to RYU leaders, the rally – to be held under the slogan "No to a Brotherhood state; the revolution continues" – will see five marches set out for Cairo's Tahrir Square from different mosques throughout the capital.

Several additional marches have also been planned in other cities throughout the country to mark the event.

RYU spokesman Haitham El-Khatib listed the ten demands associated with next Friday's rally as follows: the end of Egypt's current government; 'retribution' for the revolution's 'martyrs'; retrials for officials implicated in protesters' deaths; the purge of the interior ministry; dismissal of the current cabinet; dismissal of the new public prosecutor; amendment of the new constitution; ending 'negligence' on the part of the presidency; the setting of maximum and minimum wages; and the monitoring of commodity prices.

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