Egypt Brotherhood to join wider election list (AFP) AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE) CAIRO, EGYPT 03/16/11 2:50 pm ET)
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CAIRO (AFP) – Egypt´s Muslim Brotherhood has reached agreement in
principle to run a joint list with other parties in the next
parliamentary elections, its deputy leader said on Wednesday.
The heads of the Islamist group and some smaller secular parties
agreed to run a united list in the elections, expected in around six
months, which will be the first after veteran president Hosni
Mubarak´s ouster last month by a wave of popular protests, Khairat al-
Shater, one of the Brotherhood´s three deputy leaders, told AFP the
parties "agreed in principle to enter the election with an open,
The Islamist group, which had been banned since 1956, has said it
will form a political party before the election.
They agreed to refer the matter to a committee to flesh out the
proposal, he said.
The groups at the meeting, which included the liberal Wafd party and
the leftist Nasserist and Karama parties, issued a joint declaration
after a press conference that called for a series of democratic
"In the event that there is an agreement on the final shape of the
national list, this will be its shared political programme," Shater
The declaration made no mention of a referendum on constitutional
amendments to be held this Saturday that has divided opposition
groups, with the Brotherhood urging its members to back the changes
and others calling for a "no" vote.
The amendments, which include making it easier to stand for president
and limiting the head of state to two four-year terms, were drafted
by a panel of experts appointed by the military council that has
ruled since Mubarak´s resignation.
The Brotherhood played down differences between the parties over the
proposed amendments, which critics say were drawn up too hastily and
do not go far enough.
"Some of us say yes, and we respect that opinion, and some of us say
no, and we also respect that opinion. This is democracy," Saed al-
Katatni, a senior Brotherhood official, said at the press conference.
But the head of the Wafd party, Sayyid al-Badawi, said approval of
the amendments would cause a "constitutional impasse."
"We don´t reject them because they are bad, but because we want a new
constitution," he told reporters after the meeting.
"If the amendments are ratified, we would go back to constitutional
legitimacy, and the constitution does not allow for the Supreme
Council of the Armed Forces," he said, referring to the ruling
military council. (Copyright © 2011 Agence France Presse. 03/16/11)
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