Ikhwan denies deal with army

Muslim Brotherhood (Ikhwan) denied reports about an alleged agreement with the military to disperse ongoing sit-ins by supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi

Ikhwan denies deal with army

The Muslim Brotherhood has denied reports about an alleged agreement with the military to disperse ongoing sit-ins by supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi in return for the release of the Islamist leader and a promise not to dissolve the group's political arm.

"These reports are totally devoid of truth," Brotherhood spokesman Yasser Mehrez told Anadolu Agency.

Local media had earlier reported that the Brotherhood and the army had reached an agreement to end pro-Morsi protests in exchange for the release of Saad al-Katatni, leader of the group's Freedom and Justice Party, and leader of the moderate-Islamist Wasat Party Abul Ela Madi.

"News of this alleged deal is part of the endless lies [by the media]," Mehrez said.

The National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy (NADL), a coalition of Morsi's supporters, also rejected the notion of talks with Egypt's interim leaders.

"We have not sat down with the coup-backed president [Adly Mansour], the government of [Prime Minister Hazem] al-Beblawi or [Vice-President for International Relations Mohamed] ElBaradei," Brotherhood leader Gamal Hishmat told AA.

"We did not – and we will not – sit down with them and we will unanimously reject any official initiative in this regard," he added.

NADL leader Hassan al-Berens also reiterated that "there are no negotiations with the coup leaders."

"We don't sit with putschists," he added.

Ever since his July 3 ouster by the army following mass protests against him, Morsi supporters have been staging daily rallies and sit-ins to denounce what they call the "military coup" against the elected leader and demand his reinstatement.

The two largest pro-Morsi sit-ins are in Rabaa al-Adawiya Square in eastern Cairo and Nahda Square in Giza.

The government has described the twin sit-ins as a "threat to national security" and mandated the interior minister to take "all necessary measures" to disperse them.

AA

Güncelleme Tarihi: 11 Ağustos 2013, 13:44
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