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Latest mediation between Islamists and Egypt govt reaches stalemate

A recent reconciliation initiative between the country's interim authorities and Islamists seems to have reached a deadlock as Morsi allies refuse to make concessions

Ayat Al-Tawy, Monday 14 Oct 2013
Ahmed Kamal Abul Magd
Islamist thinker and constitutional expert Ahmed Kamal Abul Magd (Photo: Ayman Barayez)
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Efforts by Islamist figure Ahmed Kamal Abul-Magd to mediate between the Muslim Brotherhood movement of toppled president Mohamed Morsi and the country's  interim government appear to have reached an impasse.

The Islamist thinker and constitutional expert attempted to end the current political deadlock by proposing that Islamists acknowledge the interim "revolutionary authority" as a first step towards national dialogue, as tension simmers following the overthrow of the country's Islamist leader and an ensuing clampdown on his group.

His suggestion has been rebuffed by Islamists, who consider it tantamount to legitimising a "coup" against the country's first democratically elected president.

Abul-Magd's initiative was launched almost a week ago and targeted pro-Morsi group - the National Alliance to Support Legitimacy (NASL). It was initially welcomed by Islamists before they accused the mediator of prejudice towards the country's interim leaders.

In response to the proposal, Mohamed Ali Bishr, Muslim Brotherhood figure and leading member of the NASL, outlined a set of stipulations for potential dialogue , including the rejection of "foreign interference" and any political role played by the military, which deposed Morsi on 3 July amid mass popular protests against his rule.

Abul-Magd urged Islamists to cease their "media and stunt escalation," which he said would only incur confrontation with other Egyptian forces.

'Bias' and 'Manoeuvre'

Bishr slammed the "conditions" Abul-Magd proposed as "unacceptable" and "biased."

"Accepting such conditions would bias one side over another, and amount to recognition of the coup, which is totally unacceptable," Bishr, former local development minister under Morsi, said in a statement on the Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party website.

He also questioned Abul-Magd's reluctance to reveal the content of discussions without consent [from Islamists] on some "preconditions."

However, Bishr emphasised that his group welcomes initiatives for dialogue from any "impartial" party, conditional upon the return of what he termed "the constitutional legitimacy" of the suspended 2012 charter.

A day before Bishr's statement, mediator Abul-Magd said he would wait for a "formal" reply from the Brotherhood independent of any attempt to "manoeuvre" the situation.

During a visit to Cairo in early October, European Union foreign policy Chief Catherine Ashton called for dialogue and urged the Brotherhood and the interim administration to take part in an inclusive political process, but neither side appeared willing to heed the call.

Analysts have said that the Brotherhood would use street protests against the interim government as a bargaining chip to pressure for the release of prominent Islamist leaders detained by authorities following Morsi's deposition.

Egyptian authorities have carried out a sustained clampdown on the Islamist group and their allies since Morsi's ouster on 3 July. The majority of the group's mid- and upper-echelons have been rounded up, along with several thousands of other members and Islamist activists.

"I suppose the ball is no longer in my court, but rather in that of the National Alliance," the Islamist constitution specialist told independent daily Al-Shorouk on Sunday.

He noted that Islamists seemed to be suffering from "difficulties" and "internecine fissures," preventing them from "making wise decisions" regarding the country's political deadlock.

Interim authorities have imposed a transitional roadmap following Morsi's removal, which saw the 2012 constitution suspended and promised parliamentary elections and a presidential vote by early next year.

Egypt has plunged into cycles of political violence since Morsi's exit, with street fighting killing at least 1000 since.

In one of the bloodiest recent flare-ups, 57 people were killed on Sunday 6 October when Morsi loyalists clashed with opponents and security forces, on a day when thousands of pro-military protesters took to the streets to celebrate the anniversary of the 1973 Arab-Israeli war.

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16-10-2013 12:57am
Bringing terrorists to the table??
Yeah that really works every time. Peace prevailed in the past as long as the extreemists were in jail. Now that they seem to have multiplied. Put more of these hoodlums behind bars.
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15-10-2013 05:23pm
no no
There is point to negotiation army must back .and MorsI must come back .and all 10000 thousands murderer must go to jail
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15-10-2013 01:45am
why bother?
Why is the current government or anyone else even wasting their time trying. The mb still has its MY WAY OR NO WAY attitude. They are not even worth the time & effort spent trying to negotiate, they have proven over & over that they do not listen, do not hear. Their arrogance & egomaniacal attitudes have not changed & will not change because they refuse to face reality & refuse to accept the blame for their almost total destruction of Egypt. The people wanted morsi out & the people are fed up with the mb, the morsi supporters & the extremists creating chaos, violence & bloodshed throughout the country. Neil is right, do not negotiate with them, do not give them legitimacy all that does is validate their huge arrogant egos & they are not worth negotiating with.
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14-10-2013 05:37pm
better not to 'negotiate' with them, it only gives them legitimacy, not the other way around - if.....if the current 'regime' claims the mantle of true Muslim (vs secular/atheist/kafir), Article 1 recognizes that rights are derived from our Creator, Article 2 recognizes the 'golden rule' and cost-benefit analysis, Article 3 recognizes freedom of religious conscience, Article on 'family values' denounces Obama's push, and recognizes marriage as between a man and woman and does not condone abortion, Article on Freedom of Information Act/Commission defends the search for 'truth', while censoring GTA and other Obama debauchery, Article on Zionism recognizes Palestine as One State, with Tel Aviv as an 'autonomous region';, and also declares a transportation corridor to Jordan........ this should make any truly religious person satisfied, remove any claim that it is a 'secular' constitution, ..
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