World Bulletin/News Desk
A leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood movement on Saturday invited the leadership of his movement and Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi for an inclusive dialogue under mediation from Egyptian public figures.
Ali Fath al-Bab, who was recently released from an Egyptian jail, said his initiative was a personal one that was not made in the name of the Muslim Brotherhood, the movement from which ousted president Mohamed Morsi hails.
A member of the Shura Council, the upper house of parliament that was dissolved upon Morsi's ouster in July last year, Fath al-Bab said the dialogue should include all Egypt's political forces, parties and media with the aim of reaching a workable agreement.
"The dialogue can be done under mediation from credible parties and under guarantees that its conclusions can be put into effect," Fath al-Bab said.
Fath al-Bab had been a Muslim Brotherhood lawmaker for more than 15 years. In the Shura Council, he was the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood bloc, which made a majority of council members.
He called on al-Sisi to adopt the dialogue and put Egypt's interests at the top. He added that the Muslim Brotherhood was a movement that suffered for decades and its members put in prison in droves.
"I also call on the Muslim Brotherhood to make the dialogue, be responsible and put Egypt's interests at the top," Fath al-Bab said.
This is probably the first time a member of the Muslim Brotherhood calls for dialogue with al-Sisi, the former army chief who led the army's move in ousting Morsi, this country's first freely elected president, only after one year in office.
Egypt's army ousted Morsi on July 3 last year after mass protests against his government. In the months that followed Morsi's ouster, thousands of his movement members were put in jail, while hundreds were killed, exacerbating Egypt's political crisis.Last Mod: 01 Kasım 2014, 17:33