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Egypt's Brotherhood calls for 'unconditional' dialogue with opposition

Muslim Brotherhood calls for open dialogue with opposition, stresses importance of abiding by rules of democracy

Ahram Online, Sunday 23 Jun 2013
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The Muslim Brotherhood has called for political forces to engage in talks over the current political crisis without preconditions.

The Islamist group – which propelled President Morsi to power – emphasised the importance of “legitimacy, the constitution and the will of the people” and of abiding by “the rules of democracy as a peaceful means for settling disputes.”

The Islamist groups' consultative council said in an official statement on Saturday that the Mubarak regime had left Egypt with a corrupt system and a deteriorating economy. This, according to the council, cannot be solved by one faction alone.

Egypt is anticipating nationwide protests on 30 June to demand Morsi's resignation and early presidential elections.

On Friday, hundreds of thousands of Islamists rallied at Rabaa El-Adawiya Mosque in Cairo’s Nasr City district to express support for Morsi.

The Brotherhood also called for opposition forces to announce their intention to protest peacefully on 30 June.

The National Salvation Front and Rebel Campaign have said repeatedly that the protests will be peaceful.

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