A senior leader of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) says they were approached by a military commander to engage in dialogue with the interim authority.
“We said that there would be no dialogue until President Mohammad Morsi is restored to his legitimate post,” Saad Emarah, deputy chairman of the national security committee in the disbanded Shura Council, told Anadolu Agency.
The military ousted Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected president, on July 3 following mass protests against his regime.
Under a roadmap coordinated with some political, youth and religious leaders, the army suspended the constitution and named the head of the constitutional court as interim president.
The president has since issued a constitutional declaration disbanding the Islamists-dominated Shura Council, the upper house of parliament.
Scores of Muslim Brotherhood and FJP leaders have been arrested and are facing charges of espionage, insulting the judiciary and incitement to murder.
Loyalists of Morsi have since been staging mass protests and rallies nationwide, decrying what they describe as a military coup and demanding that all recent measures be revoked.
“We will not recognize the interim president or his constitutional declaration,” insists Ahmed Fahmi, the speaker of the disbanded Shura Council.
“All measures taken based on the military coup are null and void,” he told AA in Rab'a Al-Adaweya Square, where thousands of Morsi supporters have been camping out for 17 days.
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