Muslim Brotherhood Takes Seat at Egypt Table

But won't back down on demand for Mubarak's departure
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 6, 2011 8:17 AM CST
An anti-Mubarak protester chants slogans at Tahrir square in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011. Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, said it would begin talks today with the government.   (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
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(Newser) – It's officially outlawed, but the Muslim Brotherhood is taking a seat at the table to resolve Egypt's crisis. The controversial group met today with Vice President Omar Suleiman, along with supporters of Mohamed ElBaradei and leftist supporters, reports the New York Times. “The brothers decided to enter a round of dialogue to determine how serious the officials are (about) achieving the demands of the people,” says a spokesman.

The Brotherhood is steadfast on one point: Hosni Mubarak must go. “He can leave in any way the regime would accept him to leave, but it has to be that he is out,” says the spokesman. Hillary Clinton reserved judgment on the development, reports the AP: "At least they are now involved in the dialogue," she said. "We are going to wait and see how this develops."

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