Brotherhood to make concessions to revolutionary groups to overcome 'crisis'

Ahram Online, Friday 22 Jun 2012

The Muslim Brotherhood is to agree to concessions necessary to ally with more liberal revolutionary movements so together they can overcome Egypt's political gridlock

Mohamed Morsi
File photo Muslim Brotherhood presidential candidate. (Photo: AP)

The Muslim Brotherhood is to announce concessions it will make to more liberal activists for the sake of unity to overcome the “crisis,” at 2:30 on Friday, youth activist Ahmed Imam informed Ahram Online.

The addendum to the Constitutional Declaration announced by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), granting it immunity, making it the sole authority over the military and giving it the right to interfere in the drafting of Egypt's new constitution, is described by many as a "military coup."

Revolutionary figures have already been actively working to push for an immediate transition to civilian rule, and now the Muslim Brotherhood, seeing itself being pushed out of power by the military and the High Constitutional Court which ruled against the Brotherhood-dominated parliament, are taking bolder steps to unite with revolutionary forces.

Several political figures have proposed specific compromises the Brotherhood would need to cede in order for them to align with them. As a consequence, several meeting were held on Thursday between Morsi, political figures and several of the revolutionary youth in hopes of finding an agreement.

Eight demands were proposed to Morsi, including:

1-      Releasing all political prisoners immediately upon Morsi's election as president

2-      Cancelling the judicial law allowing the military to arrest civilians

3-      Guaranteeing that the constituent assembly tasked with drafting Egypt's new constitution will be equally representative of non-Islamists so that it reflects a national consensus. This may be done by rejecting the military junta's addendum to the Constitutional Declaration, which makes the SCAF the body allowed to reform the constituent assembly. Another way is to maintain the current assembly, but replacing several of the Islamist figures and using the assembly's right to expand the assembly by ten more members, who can then also be chosen from the civil parties.  

4-      Giving political organisations and movements legal recognition

5-      Reshuffling the governors in consultation with the political movements

6-      Forming a cabinet that is representative of all the political factions and in which the Brotherhood do not have a majority and in which the prime minister is not an Islamist

7-      Adopting a plan to purge major institutions of ex-regime members

                   8-      Forming a group to manage the current crisis period to be composed of several of those who have attended the discussions

Imam also confirmed that Morsi, former presidential candidate Abdel-Moneim Abul-Fotouh and a representative of the Hamdeen Sabbahi camp will be forming a presidential council.

ElBaradei, however, did not want to be part of the presidential council and proposed to act as a mediator between the "crisis managing" group that will be formed by those attending yesterday's meetings and the SCAF.

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