Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood insists departure of Mubarak

08:32, February 10, 2011      

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Senior members of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood Saad el-Katatni (R), Mohamed Morsi (C) and Essam el-Erian hold a press conference on the latest situation in Egypt in Cairo, Egypt, Feb. 9, 2011. Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, the country's largest yet officially banned opposition bloc, said Wednesday that there would be real dialogue with the government only after President Hosni Mubarak departs. (Xinhua/Xu Jinquan)


Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, the country's largest yet officially banned opposition bloc, said Wednesday that there would be real dialogue with the government only after President Hosni Mubarak departs.

"A new era must start in Egypt," said Mahmoud Morsi, spokesman of the banned group.

The government, which was restructured amid the massive protests lasting two weeks across Egypt, has held talks with oppositions including the Muslim Brotherhood for a road map of peaceful transition in the past days, while the group noted that the discussion does not like what they had expected.

"We neither want to nominate a presidential candidate nor to gain political power, all what we are seeking is a free and democratic Egypt," added Morsi.

Egypt's Vice President Omar Suleiman warned on Tuesday that the government will not tolerate the ongoing protests for long time.

"There must be an end to the crisis as soon as possible," he told the editors of Egyptian media on Tuesday.

Suleiman said that dialogue and understanding is the best way to achieve stability in the country, otherwise an "undesirable coup will be the alternative but we try to avoid this option," official MENA news agency quoted him as saying.

The protests, however, show no signs of calming down. On Tuesday, tens of thousands of protestors gathered in the Tahrir Square, the epicenter of the protests, claiming they would not leave until the president resigns.

The Brotherhood commented that Suleiman's remarks were inappropriate, adding that the ouster of the president is the people's demand.

The outlawed group also alleged that the army has been detaining people and torturing them, but they had no proofs on their accusation.


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