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Egypt's Brotherhood alliance calls for national dialogue, for a limited time

A statement on Saturday released by the National Alliance to Support Legitimacy reflects a shift in the coalitions rhetoric, calling for national dialogue and political plurality

Ahram Online, Saturday 16 Nov 2013
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Mohamed Ali Bishr (Photo: Al-Ahram)
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Egypt's National Alliance to Support Legitimacy, a pro-Morsi coalition, has called for a national dialogue as a way out of the country's political strife, without explicitly demanding the return of deposed president Mohamed Morsi.

The alliance said in a statement on Saturday, which is titled "A Strategic Viewpoint", that Egypt needs a "serious discussion." This cannot happen, the alliance stated, however, until "the arrests, bloodshed, and hate speech" ends.

The Brotherhood-backed alliance also called for respect for "political plurality."  

Mohamed Ali Bishr, leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood and the alliance, said in a press conference on Saturday that the call for national dialogue is open to everyone, even those who took part in the 30 June protests that ousted Morsi, reported the Freedom and Justice Party online website.

However, Bishr, a leading figure in the on-and-off Islamists' attempts to negotiate a political settlement with the interim government, said that the proposed dialogue is limited to a period of two weeks to expedite political groups' participation.  

This statement marks a  shift in the National Alliance to Support Legitimacy's policy platform, as it was the first time since the coalition's establishment four months ago that they did not demand Morsi's reinstatement as president. It also did not call for the return of the Shura Council that was dissolved following Morsi's ouster.

In addition, the alliance did not insist on bringing back the 2012 constitution, currently undergoing amendments by a 50-member committee appointed by the interim government. The alliance said that it agrees amendments could be applied to controversial articles to reach a "larger consensus."

However, the alliance maintained its original contention that Morsi's ouster was an illegitimate "military coup" and demanded what it described as an "end" to the resulting government. 

The statement also called for respecting "the will of the Egyptian people through ballot boxes, and respecting the right to peaceful protest."

Egypt's interim authorities have launched a crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood since Morsi was deposed by the army on 3 July amid mass protests against him. In September, a court banned all Brotherhood institutions.

Hundreds of Brotherhood members have since been arrested in recurring protests, clashes and attacks against the interim leadership, mainly on charges of inciting violence. Major Brotherhood figures, including Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie, face trial on similar charges. 

Morsi himself is currently facing trial with 14 other Brotherhood members on charges of killing of protesters at the Ittihadeya Presidential Palace clashes in December 2012. 

Since his removal from power on 3 July, Morsi has continued to state that he is the country's legitimate president, refusing to recognise the court in the first session of his trial on 4 November.

The deposed president, who is in custody at Tora prison, issued a statement on 11 November saying that Egypt will not regain its stability until the "coup is overturned and those responsible for the bloodshed are held accountable."

Almost a thousand people were killed in a nationwide wave of violence triggered by a deadly police dispersal of pro-Morsi sit-ins in Cairo that left hundreds dead on 14 August.  Tens of Police stations and churches were attacked around the country, leaving dozen sdead. 

All previous mediation attempts between the government and the Brotherhood since 3 July, including initiatives by the European Union and the United States, have failed.

 

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Frustrated Egyptian
17-11-2013 04:43pm
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Go away MB Egypt and the Egyptian had enough harm from you
Give up and go away from politics. Give up and stop terrorizing the innocent Egyptians. Give up and let the government rebuild what did you destruct in every street. Give up and let students study their year a long. Give up and let public transportation to flow. Give up and let us rebuild Egypt again. You wasting the country resources and time.
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Farid
17-11-2013 10:53am
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Hate Speech
Mr. Mohamed Ali Bishr mentioned in his statement, that discussions can't happen till "hate speech" ends. This is very interesting because it's MB's who are using words such us: coup, Western/US/Israeli agents, conspiracy, masons, Zionists, Nazis, fascists, killers, murderers, blood on hands... And constantly brainwash their followers with "scare tactics" of those words.
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javid
17-11-2013 07:45am
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egypt as a good naton
every society is based on some principals and likes to adhered to these principles for prosperous social set up, pursuing of national goals etc. the Egypt as a nation has a long distinction being a solace of good cultural ethics besides social & religious harmony. Alas, the incidents / happening of July incidents is a denial of social justice besides peoples participation in building the nation on a modern lines.
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Ostasia
16-11-2013 11:07pm
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Ikhwan agents out in full force
I see from that ratings again and the comment on other stories that their cyber warriors are out in full force. Allen, agreed, Carol, Agree! Your ratings don't reflect reality of Egypt I can assure you. Now we brace for the 19th, where they will get kids to once again battle out their cause again. Woe to them who have blood on their hands and are ready to yet again cause bloodshed, all for one cause, propaganda! The collective in Egypt had enough of you all, give it up if you have any dignity left and if you truly are islamic, you know this is wrong what you are doing to the kids here and the regular citizens.
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Allen
16-11-2013 07:12pm
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The terrorists need a break
Violence against the Egyptian people NOT working. Violence against the police NOT working. Violence against the military NOT working. Let's pretend we are NOT a terrorist organization act civilized and request to talk to the people we have been terrorizing. This will give our kids a breather before they go back to creat more destruction against the people of Egypt.
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Carole T.
16-11-2013 06:27pm
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Egypt as hostage
This sounds like the actions of a kidnpper who knows he is out of time and hopes he has one last card to play to save his life. Not many really care anymore and are waiting for the SWAT team to finish the job
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