Egypt youth group proposes reconciliation deal

"We've submitted the initiative to the [interim] presidency and we will also present it to detained Brotherhood leaders," Amr Emara, founder of the so-called "Alliance of Breakaway Brotherhood youth," said.

Egypt youth group proposes reconciliation deal

World Bulletin / News Desk

A group of young former Muslim Brotherhood members has proposed a reconciliation initiative aimed at ending the ongoing stalemate between supporters of the embattled Islamist group and Egypt's army-backed interim government.

Amr Emara, founder of the so-called "Alliance of Breakaway Brotherhood youth," told Anadolu Agency that the initiative entails eight main points.

Firstly, the proposal calls for the release of thousands of political prisoners, including numerous Muslim Brotherhood members, who have not been convicted in court.

In exchange, the Brotherhood would be expected to recognize a transitional roadmap imposed by the army following elected president Mohamed Morsi's military ouster last summer.

"We've submitted the initiative to the [interim] presidency and we will also present it to detained Brotherhood leaders," Emara told Anadolu Agency, adding that both parties would have one month to respond.

"Otherwise, we'll hold them [both] responsible for the country's deteriorating conditions," he said.

The initiative also calls for decriminalizing the Brotherhood, which was labeled a "terrorist group" by the interim government last December.

Both sides would also be expected to issue signed documents renouncing violence.

Amid mass protests last July, army chief Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi announced the ouster of Morsi, a Muslim Brotherhood leader who became Egypt's first freely elected president in 2012.

In the eight months since Morsi's removal from office and subsequent imprisonment, security forces have waged a sustained crackdown on supporters of the ousted president that has left hundreds dead and thousands behind bars.

The Brotherhood and its allies see Morsi's ouster a military coup and refuse to recognize the legitimacy of the army-backed government and its roadmap, which calls for holding a constitutional referendum (completed last month) followed by presidential and parliamentary elections.

Last Mod: 05 Mart 2014, 11:47
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