Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood to participate in rally

But Brotherhood said it will not join the sit-in after rally which other parties were calling for.

Last Updated: Jul 06, 2011, 23:31 PM IST

Cairo: After weeks of ambiguity, Egypt`s
Muslim Brotherhood on Wednesday announced it`s decision to
participate in a demonstration next Friday to pressurise the
country`s military rulers on reforms but ruled out joining the
sit-in call made by political parties.

"The Brotherhood has decided to participate in the
demonstration on July 8 (aimed at) raising the flag of justice
so that all rights can be regained, and all criminals punished
and all the demands of the revolution met," a statement
released today said.

However, the Brotherhood said it will not join the
sit-in after the rally which other political parties were
calling for.

The Brotherhood had initially announced it`s
non-participation, which had prompted rumors amid Egypt`s
political circles claiming them to have struck a deal with the
military council, which took power after an uprising ousted
president Hosni Mubarak in February.

The protest had earlier been called to demand
for a new constitution before legislative elections in
September.

Some had feared that holding elections before the
adoption of a constitution would give the Islamist group too
much influence in drawing up the charter.

However, the motive of the rally was retracted after
Egyptian courts this week granted bail to officers of the
former regime accused of killing protesters during the
revolution.

PTI