El-Katatni: Tantawi did not threaten to dissolve parliament

Ahram Online , Thursday 29 Mar 2012

Despite Muslim Brotherhood statements saying otherwise, Brotherhood leader Saad El-Katatni denies that Field Marshal Tantawi threatened to dissolve parliament as tensions escalate between the military and majority Islamist group

Saad el-Katatni
Saad el-Katatni (Photo: Reuters)

Speaker of the People's Assembly and a leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), Saad El-Katatni, issued a short statement on his official Facebook page Wednesday saying that he did not receive any threatening calls from Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, head of the ruling Supreme Council for the Armed Forces (SCAF).

"Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi has never called me on the phone to threaten that he will dissolve parliament, and the media has to respect the professional and neutral rules of journalism," El Katatni said in a statement that surprised many after the escalation of tensions between the Muslim Brotherhood and SCAF.

El-Katatni blamed the media for spreading false claims after the FJP directly accused SCAF of trying to sabotage the revolution and to rig the presidential elections. In response, SCAF issued a communqiue denying these accusations and attacking the FJP indirectly, saying it will not be dragged into a fight based on partisan interests and greed.

The Muslim Brotherhood and its political arm have declared their intention that the majority party should proceed in demanding that SCAF dismiss the cabinet of Kamal El-Ganzouri for its failure to achieve the goals of the January 25 Revolution.

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