Egypt's Brotherhood calls Mubarak to dissolve parliament

The escalation in the group's demands come as Egyptian activists have held small street protests in solidarity with the Tunisians.

Egypt's Brotherhood calls Mubarak to dissolve parliament

Egypt's largest opposition movement demanded Wednesday that President Hosni Mubarak dissolve the newly elected parliament and hold new elections.

The Muslim Brotherhood also called for an end to Egypt's 30-year-old emergency law that bans political rallies, and demanded sweeping constitutional amendments to allow free and fair presidential elections.

The Brotherhood's list of grievances is not new, but the demands appeared to be aimed at seizing on the momentum triggered by the revolt in Tunisia that toppled the country's authoritarian president and galvanized opposition movements throughout the Arab world.

"The events in Tunisia are a cornerstone for the rest of the people of the Arab and Islamic world," the Brotherhood said in a statement posted on its website.

"It is a message to all the despotic leaders and the corrupt regimes that they are not safe and they are living on the tip of a volcano of people's anger and God's wrath."

The group also urged Egypt's government to fight graft and put corrupt officials on trial, and warned that if it "does not move fast and shoulder responsibility to start a serious reform process, stability might not last for long."

The escalation in the group's demands come as Egyptian activists — galvanized by the Tunisia uprising — have held small street protests in solidarity with the Tunisians.

Egypt's opposition groups say the country's parliamentary elections late last year were fraudulent.

The Muslim Brotherhood and another party pulled out before the second round of voting, citing widespread vote rigging.

This week, four Egyptian men attempted to set themselves on fire. One of the men died Tuesday from severe burns.


Agencies

Last Mod: 20 Ocak 2011, 16:36
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