ElBaradei, Islamists reject Egypt govt talks

Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq invited opposition groups to talks on Thursday.

ElBaradei, Islamists reject Egypt govt talks

Prominent opposition activist Mohamed ElBaradei and the Muslim Brotherhood rejected a call on Thursday by the prime minister for talks saying President Hosni Mubarak must leave office first, they told Reuters on Thursday.

Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq invited opposition groups to talks on Thursday. Al Jazeera and others reported that some groups had agreed, including the liberal, nationalist Wafd party, which is a legal party.

"We have refused to meet. Any negotiations are conditional on Hosni Mubarak stepping down and also conditional on security in Tahrir square," ElBaradei told Reuters by telephone.

"We would also like to add that we refuse anything that results from this meeting," said Mohammed al-Beltagi, a former member of parliament from the Brotherhood, adding that his group backed the conditions outlined by ElBaradei.

"Crackdown"

Brotherhood said on Thursday that President Hosni Mubarak and his government had to go to avoid a crackdown on protesters if it was allowed stay in power.

Senior Brotherhood leader Essam el-Erian told Reuters the movement was calling for the removal of "the regime, not the state".

"This regime's legitimacy is finished, with its president, with his deputy, its ministers, its party, its parliament. We said this clearly. We refuse to negotiate with it because it has lost its legitimacy," he said.

Erian walked out of jail last week as law and order collapsed in the days after mass anti-Mubarak protests began and police were temporarily withdrawn from the streets.

Earlier, Al Jazeera quoted a Brotherhood statement saying: "We demand that this regime is overthrown and we demand the formation of a national unity government for all the factions."

"Even if this regime stays for hours, its main concern will be to take revenge on all its opponents," the statement said.

Agencies

 

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