Muslim Brotherhood vows continued protests

April 25, 2012 at 10:42 AM
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CAIRO, April 25 (UPI) -- The Muslim Brotherhood said it organize demonstrations each Friday until May presidential elections force military leaders to hand over power.

The Muslim Brotherhood last week helped organize mass demonstrations in Cairo's Tahrir Square where protesters expressed frustration with the pace of reforms following last year's revolution. The ruling Supreme Council of Armed Forces had promised to hand power over to civilians by June 2011.

Ahmed Abu Baraka, a legal adviser for the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party, said Friday demonstrations would continue until next month's election force the SCAF to hand power over to a civilian leader, the Egyptian Independent news service reports.

Baraka said demonstrations shouldn't be seen as an uprising but an opportunity for people to express demands for self governance. Demonstrations would spread beyond Cairo, however, if SCAF tried to delay the presidential contest, he said.

FJP officials said power should be handed over by June 30.

Islamic movements dominate Egypt's post-revolutionary political landscape. Khairat al-Shater, a candidate from the FJP, was blacklisted for having a criminal record. The Muslim Brotherhood nominated FJP Chairman Mohamed Morsi as a second candidate.

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