Brotherhood Rejects Egypt Elections, Wants 'Uprising'

Interim administration's decree a return to 'square one'
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 9, 2013 7:50 AM CDT

(Newser) – Egypt's interim leadership has set an elections timetable to establish a new democratic government, but the Muslim Brotherhood immediately rejected the idea and has called for an "uprising." The interim administration wants the current, suspended draft constitution to be amended and ratified in a referendum; parliamentary elections by 2014; and presidential elections after that, al-Jazeera reports. But here's the response from a senior Muslim Brotherhood official on Facebook: "A constitutional decree by a man appointed by putchists ... brings the country back to square one." And a legal adviser for the Brotherhood's political arm called Adli Mansour's decree "invalid and illegitimate," the BBC reports.

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The Brotherhood wants nationwide protests today, in the wake of 51 Morsi supporters being shot dead during a Cairo sit-in yesterday, which it is calling a "massacre." The interim administration expressed "deep regret" for yesterday's violence, while the military blamed it on "terrorists." Witnesses say civilian "thugs," not security forces, fired the lethal shots. It's very unclear exactly what happened, reports the AP, which has a more detailed look at the violence. Meanwhile, the Washington Post takes a look at what's at stake for the Brotherhood, which rose from a banned, oppressed organization to a powerful one within a decade, and now must decide whether to fight rather than return to lives of persecution, ousted from the political process. (Read more Egypt stories.)

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