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Muslim Brotherhood reiterates call for Morsi return

Statement released on Monday condemns 'oppressive and terrorist actions' taken against the group since Morsi's ouster

Ahram Online, Monday 8 Jul 2013
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Islamists, members of the brotherhood, and supporters of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, shout slogans during a protest around the Raba El-Adwyia mosque square in the suburb of Nasr City, Cairo, June 28, 2013. (Photo: Reuters)
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The Muslim Brotherhood reiterated on Monday its opposition to the army's recent intervention into the political arena following the removal of former president Mohamed Morsi from his post last week.

In a statement issued Monday, the Muslim Brotherhood called for Morsi's reinstatement and said the Shura Council, the parliament's only operating house that was dissolved last week, was the "solution" to the current turmoil.  

"We will not compromise [Morsi's] legitimacy [to complete his presidential term] and will not accept any alternatives," the statement read.

President Morsi was deposed by Egypt's Armed Forces on Wednesday following nationwide protests calling for his ouster. Judge Adly Mansour, the head of the High Constitutional Court, was sworn in as the country's interim president on Thursday.

The Brotherhood has called what happened in Egypt a "full military coup" driven by a desire for "controlling power... hidden behind a civil facade."

"We reject this and will not recognise it at all," the Brotherhood said.

However, the statement also asserted that the Brotherhood is "confident" that the Egyptian army as a whole did not take part in "this conspiracy" which, the statement claimed, was planned and executed from the top by "military leaders" whom Morsi had trusted.

The statement also condemned what it described as "oppressive and terrorist actions" taken against them.

"This will not make us falter and we will continue to stand for our values and rights," the statement read. 

At least 42 people were killed and over 300 injured as pro-Morsi supporters, mainly from the Brotherhood, clashed with the Armed Forces at the Republican Guard in the early hours of Monday.

The Egyptian army said one officer died and 40 soldiers were injured, including seven in critical condition.

The Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party released a statement earlier calling on supporters to "rise up against those who want to steal their revolution with tanks and armoured vehicles, even over the people's dead bodies."

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