Egypt's Brotherhood calls for political freedom

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood said that it was not seeking power.

Egypt's Brotherhood calls for political freedom

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood said on Saturday that it was not seeking power and praised the efforts of the new army rulers to transfer power to civilians.

The government of Hosni Mubarak, who was pushed out of office on Friday after 18 days of public protests, long repressed the group, rounded up its members and banned it from a formal role in politics.

"The Muslim Brotherhood ... are not seeking personal gains, so they announce they will not run for the presidency and will not seek to get a majority in the parliament and that they consider themselves servants of these decent people," it said, adding that they were not "seekers of power".

The group was commenting after the army council pledged to transfer power to civilians and establish democratic rule.

"We support and value the sound direction that the Higher Military Council is taking on the way to transfer power peacefully to create a civilian government in line with the will of the people," it said.

The group said its demands included an end to the state of emergency that was used by the Egyptian authorities to stifle dissent, the dissolution of parliament after last year's rigged elections, free and fair votes and freeing political prisoners.

It also called for freedom to create political parties. The Brotherhood was barred from forming a party under a constitutional ban on parties based on religion. It also demanded putting on trial those who had been involved in corruption over the years.

Agencies

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