Egypt interim premier cannot Rule out Brotherhood presence in gov’t

Ousted Egyptian President Muhammed Morsi

Egypt’s interim Prime Minister Hazem El-Beblawi says he will not rule out the participation of Muslim Brotherhood in the new government.

“I do not look at political association… If someone is named from (the Brotherhood’s) Freedom and Justice Party, if he is qualified for the post,” he may be considered, Beblawi said on Thursday.

“I am taking two criteria for the next government. Efficiency and credibility,” said Beblawi, who was appointed as interim premier on July 9.

On Wednesday, Muslim Brotherhood’s political wing, Freedom and Justice Party, rejected offers by Beblawi to join the interim government.

“We reject all that comes from this coup,” said Tareq al-Morsi, the spokesman for the Muslim Brotherhood.

The group said that it will not hold talks with the interim government until ousted President Mohamed Morsi is reinstated.

At the same time, Egypt’s Prosecutor General ordered the arrest of Muslim Brotherhood leaders including the supreme leader of the group, Mohammed Badie, on charges of inciting violence.

On July 3, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the head of Egypt’s army, announced that President Morsi was no longer in office. Sisi also dissolved the Egyptian constitution.

The chief justice of Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court, Adli Mansour, was sworn in as interim president on July 4.

Since last week, Egypt has been witnessing mass protests and deadly clashes involving supporters and opponents of Morsi and security forces. Many people have been killed over the past few days, with more than 80 deaths reported on July 8 alone.


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