Muslim Brotherhood leader calls for referendum

Senior Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Ali Beshr said the group would accept the outcome of a referendum on both plans if necessary guarantees are provided.

Muslim Brotherhood leader calls for referendum

World Bulletin / News Desk

Senior Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Ali Beshr says they accept a popular referendum on two different roadmaps proposed by ousted president Mohamed Morsi and army chief Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi as a way to resolve Egypt's lingering political crisis.

"We will accept the results of such a referendum even if the people voted in favor of al-Sisi's roadmap," Beshr told Anadolu Agency in an exclusive interview to be published in full on Thursday.

He asserted that before his ouster by Sisi on July 3 Morsi had proposed a roadmap which included advancing parliamentary elections, forming a panel to amend the 2012 constitution and a possible referendum on snap presidential elections.

"Before the coup, the president showed flexibility on holding legislative polls within two months and forming a committee to amend the constitution as demanded by the opposition," Beshr said.

Al-Sisi announced a roadmap for Egypt's transition following Morsi's overthrow, which including suspending the constitution and naming an interim president.

The plan also includes amending the 2012 constitution and holding parliamentary and presidential elections within nine months.

Morsi's supporters dismissed his ouster by the army as a military coup, while his opponents describe it as a military-backed uprising.

Beshr said they would accept the outcome of a referendum on both plans if necessary guarantees are provided.

"These guarantees include putting closed Islamic channels back on air, releasing all detainees and forming independent panels to investigate the killings of all martyrs, whether civilians or from security forces," he added.

The Muslim Brotherhood leader insisted that the "coup will not lead to the return of the democratic process in Egypt."

"The roadmap of the military council is meant to take Egypt back to the pre-January 25 era," he argued, in reference to the 2011 revolution that ousted strongman Hosni Mubarak.

Bashr described a planned referendum next month on the amended constitution as "illegitimate."

"The only solution should be based on dialogue in order to achieve a real national reconciliation," he said.

Last Mod: 21 Kasım 2013, 18:05
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