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Muslim Brotherhood's stubbornness "fatal" to its political future

By Shaimaa Behery (Xinhua)

08:46, July 15, 2013

CAIRO, July 14 (Xinhua) -- As Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood (MB) continues sit-ins against recent ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, analysts consider such stubbornness as "fatal" to the group's political future.

If the MB rests their political return on Morsi's return, it would be "politically committing suicide," said Tarek Sinouti, head of the political department of Ahram newspaper.

Describing the MB's insistence to rally in the streets as a " strategic" fault, Sinouti said such attitudes would dampen the MB' s popularity and leave the group isolated by other political forces.

The MB has vowed to continue demonstrations until the return of the "legitimate president," with its political arm Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) urging international community to interfere.

"Their stubborn refusal of the reality doesn't match their political experience that traces back to the 1920s," said Sinouti, suggesting that the MB should seek compensation by participating in presidential and parliamentary elections and securing posts in a new cabinet.

Although Mohamed Saeed Edris, political expert with al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies, admitted that it is " normal" for the MB to be "shocked" and to act "tenaciously" at first, he advised the group to "wake up" as soon as possible.

"If they insist on accepting no reality but getting Morsi back, it means that they totally 'eliminate' themselves from Egypt's political process in the future," Edris told Xinhua.

With parliamentary and presidential elections to be held within six months, it would be wise for the MB to "share in the political process," otherwise it would suggest that "they only care about their political ambitions regardless of the state's interests," said Edris.

Interim President Adli Mansour has said that he would invite all parties for a meeting within the first week of the holy Islamic month of Ramadan. The media advisor of FJP, Ahmed Sobei, however, told Xinhua that the FJP would "only consider initiatives to bring things to a right path," indicating the return of Morsi.

"The Brotherhood won't recognize the transitional government, the constitutional declaration or any other procedure resulted from the coup," said Sobei.

Ahmed Ibrahim al-Naggar, political analyst with al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies, expected a "wave of escalation" in the coming few days. "I believe they won't give up easily, especially that they are currently making international connections," he said.

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