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Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya says Morsi to reject Ashton 'safe exit' offer
Ultra-orthodox Islamist group claims EU foreign affairs chief offered Morsi way out of prosecution in exchange for ending sit-in
Ahram Online , Wednesday 31 Jul 2013
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Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya's Building and Development Party media advisor Khaled El-Sherif said that deposed president Mohamed Morsi will not accept a reconciliation offer by European Union foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton, which they said included a safe exit for Morsi.

The Building and Development Party is a close ally of the Muslim Brotherhood, the group which propelled Morsi to the presidency in June 2012.  Morsi was removed from his post following a popularly-backed army intervention on 3 July.

Ashton visited Morsi during her Cairo visit, who is being held incommunicado at an unknown location by Egypt's military and is under investigation on charges of espionage and jail break.

El-Sherif claims that Ashton offered Morsi and the Brotherhood a way out of prosecution and a chance for detainees' release in exchange for an end to the daily sit-in and protests by Morsi supporters.

Many top Brotherhood figures and prominent allies have been arrested and charged with incitement of violence following Morsi's ouster.

Ashton said in a press conference on Tuesday that the president is well and has access to news but didn't divulge information about the talks. 

The EU's top diplomat was in Cairo to help reach a settlement between Egypt's political forces. "We were able to talk about the need to move forward," she said regarding her discussion with Morsi.

The Building and Development Party continues to throw its weight behind an initiative proposed by Islamist thinker Mohamed Selim El-Awa and Morsi-era prime minister Hicham Qandil, in which Morsi would delegate his powers to the cabinet and initiate parliamentary and presidential elections.

Brotherhood opponents have rejected any option in which Morsi continues in his post, even if in a nominal capacity.





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Enoch Luton
31-07-2013 06:04pm
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WHAT COUP??????????????????????????????????????
Coup my ASS! They majority of people hit the streets in opposition because this new "Pharoah" refused to give them what they protested and died for in the very beginning: A DEMOCRACY (inclusive of all of the people). He was hard-headed and ill advised to think that the people in this day and age would allow him to degrade their current freedoms to a new level of oppression! And in this age of the Internet and movies from other cultures no less!Egypt onward and upward!
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Jon
31-07-2013 01:06am
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No "safe exit" offer by Ashton
It is highly unlikely that Cathrine Ashton has proposed a"reconciliation offer.. which .. included a safe exit for Morsi." Firstly, the European Union in principal supports Morsi and not the coup makers. Secondly, it is unlikely that the EU has a finished compromise plan. Rather, they might carry messages between the actors. Thirdly, how would Khaled El-Sherif know what was going on in the meeting between Morsi and Ashton?
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