Egypt govt open to reconciliation if Brotherhood accepts roadmap: Minister
Ahram Online, Sunday 17 Nov 2013
Minister for Social Solidarity says Brotherhood has to recognise post-30 June interim roadmap if it wants to reconcile with authorities


The Egyptian government could agree to reconciliation with the Muslim Brotherhood if it accepts the transition roadmap, Minister of Social Solidarity Ahmed El-Borei has said.

The National Alliance to Support Legitimacy, a pro-Morsi coalition led by the Brotherhood, on Saturday called for dialogue with all political forces as a way out of the current political crisis.

The interim authorities have never officially announced they are open for reconciliation efforts with the Brotherhood and there has not been an official response to the group's call for dialogue.

In an interview with US-based satellite channel Al-Hurra, El-Borei said the government "had never pursued and will never pursue" reconciliation with the group, unless it takes the first step. The second condition, he said, is that the Brotherhood refrains from "imposing a certain way of life on Egyptians."

Since the ouster of Morsi, who hails from the Brotherhood, the group has refused to recognise the country's interim leadership, saying it is part of an illegitimate coup, and has been calling for Morsi's reinstatement.

However, in their call on Saturday, the group for the first time did not explicitly demand Morsi's return to power. They also called for respect for "political plurality."

Yet the alliance maintained its original contention that Morsi's ouster was a coup and demanded an end to the interim government.

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, mainly on charges of inciting violence.



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