Morsi: I'll Rethink Israel Peace, Build Iran Ties

Military, secularists involved in behind-scenes deal making
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 25, 2012 3:22 AM CDT
Updated Jun 25, 2012 7:59 AM CDT
Egyptians celebrate the victory of Mohammed Morsi, in the presidential elections, at Tahrir Square, in Cairo, Egypt, last night.   (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
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(Newser) – Mohammed Morsi's government will "reconsider the Camp David Accord," the 1979 treaty declaring peace between Egypt and Israel, the newly-elected president told Iran's state-run Fars News Agency today. Morsi was also quoted as saying that he wanted to build closer ties with Iran to "create a strategic balance" in the Middle East, the Lebanon Daily Star reports. He stressed, however, that he'd work the issues out with his Cabinet. "I will not take any decision on my own."

Morsi is currently working to assemble that Cabinet. The Muslim Brotherhood has reportedly approached secular reformer Mohamed ElBaradei for a senior post—perhaps even prime minister, Reuters reports. ElBaradei has not yet responded. Party officials say Morsi is also in talks with the military to restore parliament. "Nobody should doubt there is going to be deal-making," says one analyst. The military "still has the tanks and guns, and the Brotherhood understands that. There has to be some temporary power sharing." But the Brotherhood is continuing a sit-in to pressure the military to surrender more powers, notes the Daily Star. (Read more Mohamed Morsi stories.)

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