World Bulletin/News Desk
A major pro-democracy alliance announced Sunday that it remains open to a political solution to end the country's political crisis, but asserted that ending the "coup" against ousted president Mohamed Morsi is still among their conditions.
"The alliance is simultaneously pursuing a political path along with the revolutionary movement on the street," read a statement by the National Alliance in Defense of Legitimacy.
The alliance's reaffirmation comes amid a sustained crackdown by the military-backed government against pro-democracy protesters.
The statement listed five "fixed" points that must be included in any initiative that the alliance is willing to consider, including ending the "military coup" and "lifting the military council's hand off politics and its return to the barracks."
The statement also said that a plan to realize the "bread, freedom and social justice" – the slogan of the 2011 uprising which toppled longtime autocract Hosni Mubarak – is among the five points.
The points also included "affirming Egypt's Arab and Islamic identity" and "preserving the Egyptian state"
Observers are increasingly questioning the prospects for a political solution in Egypt, especially with the government declaring Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood group as a "terrorist organization" after blaming it for a string of bombings mainly targeting security forces, an accusation the group has repeatedly denied.
Most of the Brotherhood's leadership are currently detained pending trial on an array of violence-related charges.
Morsi, Egypt's first freely elected president, was removed from power by the military last July following mass protests against his one year in office. The ousted president is currently facing three separate trials on charges of jailbreak, espionage and inciting murder of protesters.
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