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Brotherhood wanted interim govt posts: presidential advisor

El-Muslimani says Brotherhood backtracked on their initial plan to join interim roadmap under US pressure

Ahram Online, Sunday 17 Nov 2013
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Ahmed El-Muslimani, Egyptian presidential media advisor (Photo: Ahram)
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Egypt's presidential media advisor Ahmed El-Muslimani said the Muslim Brotherhood had sought appointment to various posts in the interim government that was formed following president Mohamed Morsi's ouster.
 
The army deposed Morsi, who hails from the Brotherhood, on 3 July amid nationwide mass protests against his one-year rule. His supporters, led by the Brotherhood, deemed the ouster an illegitimate military "coup," did not take part in the government or constitution-amendment committee and have been relentlessly calling for Morsi's reinstatement.
 
El-Muslimani said Saturday night in an interview on privately-owned satellite channel Orbit TV that senior members of the Brotherhood's Guidance Office had been in contact with the presidency after the ouster and accepted to be part of the interim roadmap.
 
They later withdrew, however, under "pressure from the US that supported the continuance of the pro-Morsi protest camps held by [the Brotherhood]," El-Muslimani added.
 
Both the Egyptian interim authorities and the Brotherhood have been trading accusations of conspiring with the US against national interests, as Morsi's ouster sparked tensions between the two nations.
 
A number of US officials have visited Egypt since, either in efforts to mediate talks between the Brotherhood and the interim government or to discuss international relations.
 
Earlier in November, US Secretary of State John Kerry said while on a short visit to Cairo that his country is committed to working with Egypt's interim rulers.
 
A pro-Morsi coalition on Saturday called for discussions with all political forces as a way out of the strife caused by the ouster. Meanwhile, the Egyptian government has never officially announced any plans for reconciliation with the Brotherhood since Morsi's removal.
 
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Tamm
17-11-2013 10:12pm
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I AM ROLLING!!
So let me get this straight...They think..That they, the mb, did such a wonderful job when they held government offices & ran the country down the abyss of destruction for a year...They actually thought that the interim government would let them hold government offices or positions..OHHHH I AM ROLLING!! Their arrogance, egos & refusal to face reality & take responsibility for their own actions LIKE ADULTS & MEN never ceases to amaze me..
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Samantha Criscione
17-11-2013 06:24pm
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It is not true that the interim government never seriously tried reconciliation
The statement that "the Egyptian government has never officially announced any plans for reconciliation with the Brotherhood since Morsi's removal," is a misrepresentation. Reconciliation is a two way street, and the Brotherhood has refused reconciliation and chosen the path of terror. As Ahram itself has reported, the government set up reconciliation sessions more than once, and every time the Brotherhood's "legitimacy" front group publicly announced its refusal to attend any such session unless Morsi was reinstated. On August 6 or 7, Ahram reported that the Brotherhood's front group denied that the EU/US so-called mediators had presented any serious plan for reconciliation; this despite the claim made by EU mediator Leon after the terror camps were cleared that the government had disregarded a realistic plan for a peaceful settlement which, Leon said, had been negotiated by the Eu/US team. Under Western guidance, the Brotherhood has consistently chosen terror -- including in Sinai -- while pretending that it is the victim of ruthless militarism. -- Samantha Criscione
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Expat
17-11-2013 05:29pm
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This argument just doesn't hold up to the sensibility test. Even the Brotherhood would not have been so delusional as to think America would come and save their day if they listened to them and didn't take these interim government posts. With both sides wanting to make America look bad, somebody would have broken this story long ago if it were true.
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Samantha Criscione
17-11-2013 08:33pm
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Somebody did break the story: the EU and the U.S.
The Americans and EU (especially Germany, Italy and the UK) made things perfectly clear when they demanded Morsi be set free. How can we interpret such a demand -- and they did phrase it as a DEMAND -- except that the US and EU wanted the Brotherhood to hold onto their terror camps. To make things even clearer, the West openly demanded that Egypt not clear the terror camps, and the EU Foreign Affairs Council, run by Ms. Ashton, demanded that the Brotherhood be allowed full "freedom of expression" (their words), despite the fact that for the Brotherhood clerical fascists, free expression equals terror. When McCain and Graham came to Cairo, openly acting as Obama's messengers, they disregarded the Egyptian government request that they pressure the Brotherhood to abandon the camps, instead demanding that all arrested Brotherhood leaders be set free and saying "the officials running the government are not elected and the elected officials are in jail" (or words to that effect) clearly
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medo
17-11-2013 03:28pm
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new start?
LOL! Thats it, blame another group for their mistakes, they continue to do this... they will never change. If they do want to change the first thing they need to do is start admitting their mistakes, learn from them and show the Egyptian public that they are mature enough to be trusted
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Allen
17-11-2013 05:32pm
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Let's hope you are right and they never change
The Muslim brotherhood does not belong in the guvernment, terrorists belong in jail.
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