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Muslim Brotherhood won't offer candidate

Feb. 4, 2011 at 2:22 PM
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CAIRO, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- The Muslim Brotherhood, banned in Egypt, won't offer a candidate in September's presidential election, a spokesman told al-Jazeera television Friday.

"We have said clearly that we have no ambitions to run for the presidency, or posts in a coalition government," Mohammed al-Beltagi said.

Government officials have said members of the Muslim Brotherhood were among organizers of protests in Egypt since Jan. 25, calling on President Hosni Mubarak to end his 30 years of rule.

Beltagi said government representatives invited the Muslim Brotherhood to discuss political reform, intimating the group would receive official party recognition.

"We are ready to negotiate after [the end of] the Mubarak regime," Beltagi said.

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