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Muslim Brotherhood in contact with former regime

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Muslim Brotherhood in contact with former regime
Saad el-Katatni (C), a lawmaker from the Muslim Brotherhood, being nominated by the Freedom and Justice Party for the post of the Parliament Speaker at the first Egyptian parliament session after the revolution that ousted former President Hosni Mubarak, in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Jan. 23, 2012. The parliament elected in Egypt's first legislative vote after Hosni Mubarak's ouster nearly a year ago held its inaugural session on Monday, with Islamists dominating the 498-seat chamber that will oversee the drafting of a new constitution.UPI/Ahmed Gomaa | License Photo

CAIRO, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Authorities within the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood confirmed they've reached out to former regime officials and members of the former ruling political party.

The Muslim Brotherhood's political wing, the Freedom and Justice Party, is dominating the post-revolutionary landscape in Egypt. Sources within the Muslim Brotherhood and the disbanded National Democratic Party confirmed to Egyptian news agency al-Ahram that FJP members initiated some bilateral exchanges.

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The objective, a Muslim Brotherhood source said, was to "listen to those who ran the country." The source, on condition of anonymity, told al-Ahram that the talks aren't aimed at forming any settlement with the former regime.

"This is out of the question," the source said.

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is on trial for murder in connection with the deaths of protesters during the country's revolution in early 2011.

A source familiar with the talks said the Muslim Brotherhood was asked by a regional ally to find a "dignified" arrangement for Mubarak.

"But this is not something that we will decide; it is something for the court to decide and for Parliament to attend to," the source said.

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