Muslim Brotherhood calls off Tuesday march

Nov. 27, 2012 at 9:20 AM
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CAIRO, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- The Muslim Brotherhood announced it canceled a march on Cairo University following discussions with Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi.

Egyptians continued demonstrations Tuesday in Cairo's Tahrir Square to protest Morsi's decision to assume judicial authority. His office said the move was temporary and made in an effort to facilitate constitutional developments.

Saad Katatni, chairman of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party, said Tuesday that he welcomed Morsi's clarification on temporary authority. Morsi was the Muslim Brotherhood's candidate for president.

"Accordingly, and in order to avoid further inflaming the situation, to avoid spilling of Egyptian blood, and in order to maintain stability and security of homeland and citizens, the FJP has decided to postpone the million-man march and rally that was called for Tuesday outside Cairo University," Katatni said in a statement on the Muslim Brotherhood's website.

The Muslim Brotherhood was banned from politics under previous administrations. Some political opponents have expressed concern with its post-revolutionary dominance, however. Mohamed ElBaradei, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate once considered a presidential contender, said the Muslim Brotherhood's dominance left other voices sidelined in the post-revolution political climate.

Katatni said his party holds to the "deep belief" that comprehensive dialogue with all parties and movements is the best way forward in a democratic Egypt.

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