World Bulletin/News Desk
An advisor to Al-Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed El-Tayeb has called for the release of ousted President Mohammad Morsi before engaging in any talks for national reconciliation.
"Egyptian officials should take the initiative to release all people detained because of their political stances, including Mohammad Morsi," Sheikh Hasan Al-Shafae said in a televised speech.
"Only then can reconciliation start and I, as well as other figures with credibility, can help achieve reconciliation."
Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected president, has been detained by the military since his ouster last week.
Under an army roadmap, the constitution has been suspended and the head of the Constitutional Court, Adly Mansour, was sworn in as interim president.
Shafae insisted that the transitional period must not exceed six months.
"This period should be sufficient to amend the constitution and hold presidential and parliamentary elections."
Sources earlier said that Mansour and political groups were discussing a nine-month transitional period, which includes holding presidential elections in three months.
Shafae’s press conference came hours after at least 51 Morsi loyalists were killed outside the Republican Guards headquarters.
Thousands of Morsi supporters have been camping outside the complex, where they believe the ousted president was being held.
The Al-Azhar Grand imam has called for an investigation into the tragic events.Last Mod: 09 Temmuz 2013, 10:04