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A deal could be reached to end current confrontation: SCAF, Brotherhood sources
Sources close to the ruling military council and the Brotherhood confirmed to Ahram Online that both sides are intensely negotiating a compromise agreement to end the standoff
Dina Ezzat , Friday 22 Jun 2012
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Muslim Brotherhood's Deputy Supreme Guide Khairat El-Shater (left) and SCAF Chief of Staff Sami Anan (right) (Photo: Ahram)

Sources close to both the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) and the Muslim Brotherhood confirmed the two sides were heavily engaged in high-level talks that could produce "a political deal", which is likely to include announcing the Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsi Egypt's president elect.

According to a source close to the negotiations, the SCAF wants Morsi to desist from proclaiming himself president-elect, which he came close to doing at a press conference earlier on Friday. They also want him to pull the bulk of his supporters out of Tahrir and to agree to work within the parameters set out by SCAF in its annex constitutional declaration. The annex, enacted by the SCAF earlier in the week, gives the military a share in the prerogatives of the Egyptian president, as well as the legislative powers of the dissolved parliament.

For their part, Morsi and the Brotherhood insist that parliament not be dissolved, and that reelections would be held only for the one third of seats elected in accordance with the individual candidacy system. MPs elected in accordance with the party list proportional representation system, who account for the remaining two thirds of the assembly, would retain in their seats.

The Muslim Brotherhood would also like SCAF to delete from the constitutional annex such language as seems to directly undermine the powers of the president, including his right to appoint the minister of defence.

"A deal is possible; SCAF could settle to limit parliamentary re-elections of the one third of the seats elected in accordance with the individual candidacy system, in return for Morsi and the Brotherhood agreeing that the annex constitutional declaration be kept intact – at least for the moment, said a source who spoke to both sides to the ongoing negotiations.  

This and other sources following the SCAF-Brotherhood talks agree that nothing is done until it is done, and admit that there is not a done deal as yet.

If a deal is reached, Brotherhood sources say, then Mohamed Morsi would be "legitimately announced as the elected president "tomorrow, or after tomorrow".

"But if no deal is reached, and if the SCAF insists on taking everything and giving nothing, then we would not be surprised if they announce Shafiq as president," said a leading Brotherhood figure.

Earlier in the day, government sources had told Ahram Online that Ahmed Shafiq, the last prime minister of ousted president Hosni Mubarak, is coming ahead of Morsi with close to one per cent 50.7 per cent of the vote. For its part, Ahram Online was careful to note that it could not ascertain whether this information expressed true intent, or was yet another salvo in the ongoing arm-twisting campaign against the Brotherhood.

Ahram Online's own informal count of the vote, based on the minutes of the general counting committees and the pronouncements of their presiding judges, had shown the Brotherhood's Morsi as a clear winner, ahead of military candidate Ahmed Shafiq by close to a million votes.





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karim
24-06-2012 11:25am
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Shafiq for transition.
For this situation Shafiq (we know what he did) is choice. There is no doubt. I dont know who is who in MB. They are all mystery.
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Mina
24-06-2012 09:49am
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ISA Shafik
Mr SCAF don't sell us for alshater keep on the justice and let shafiq be the leader if he deserve that im fully agreed that there is hidden agreement between the brothetholders and the scaf but what i think for the last days and throgh the securites appearr in each place in our country that seem that deal is notapplicable i wish that isa as god willing cuz preseident like morsy it will be the worest thing happend to our country egypt which is let more investors leave thier projects here and far way from egypt , but on the other hand president shafik is the best one i know he is not the perfect but in our political climate he is the best one , he deserve that , ISA President shafik :)
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Malek Towghi/Tauqee - USA
24-06-2012 07:51am
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What a bunch of sadists ...
What a bunch of sadists these Egyptian Generals are who are psychologically and emotionally torturing the heroic Egyptian people by depriving them the happiness of enjoying the results of their votes. I am strongly against the idea of an unreformed Islamic Regime, but no man or woman of conscience can be on the side of these scheming generals who want to maintain their tyranny by hook or crook.
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Aladdin
24-06-2012 06:03am
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No Democracy to Criminals
Brotherhood group by definition has uni-polar visison and against demcracy that required debates. They are disqualified to participate in any election because they do not beleive in democracy and liberty. It is commonsense. Allah AKber
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Bill
24-06-2012 12:06am
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The fix is in.
Appears no deal made. Looks as if SCAF was too afraid of what MB would do once in power, to risk a deal with them, since they could not trust Morsi to uphold his guarantees to not prosecute them or the businessmen. Look for Shafiq to be named President, for now.
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Adel Masry
23-06-2012 09:04pm
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Mr. Mursi ZERO Experience
It consists of organizing protests by street mobs against the best interest of Egypt. He has experience in whatsoever and even no religious education to call hemself "Islamists" Allah Kabeer Ya Beni Misr.
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Samuel Prime
23-06-2012 08:20pm
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Democracy won't come easy
Well, democracy isn't coming to Egypt just yet, but I think that it is on its way. It won't be pretty, it will be tough, but it will eventually take form. What Egypt needs is a political infrastructure by which no ideology or religion has a monopoly on the country and its people -- since then democracy cannot be realized. Best of luck to the Egyptian people in their journey to democracy and freedom.
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Free Lady
23-06-2012 06:26pm
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Time of Turmoil
We are passing a sensitive time along with whole region. Syria and Turkey are on brink of war. Israel is attacking Gaza. Libya is in ruin. Sudan is divided and still in turmoil. Saudi monarch are taking their last breath. We cant be blind from our surrounding and give our fate to those who are inexperienced, greedy, power hungry and living on foreign donations. People who live on donations and run charity cant be real leaders. They can cheat with sweet talk and slogans but cant put a country on progress. I believe SCAF is taking utmost care to make any decision. We TRUST our ARMY and ITS LEADERS.
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f
23-06-2012 09:50am
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JUSTICE GOES WITH SHAFIQ
please Mr SCAF ( al moosheer ) don't sell us for alshater keep on the justice and let shafiq be the leader if he deserve that
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Taz
23-06-2012 07:51am
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That Shater dude looks really creepy
Is that a face of a leader that you would want to see every day in the newspapers and TV?
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