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Muslim Brotherhood won't offer candidate

Muslim Brotherhood won't offer candidate
A veiled woman holds up a copy of the Qur’an at an anti-Mubarak demonstration at the Society of Lawyers in downtown Cairo on September 1, 2005. Under intense security measures and with hundreds of riot troops deployed, demonstrators from three opposition parties, including the banned Muslim Brotherhood, gathered outside the Union of Lawyers in downtown Cairo calling on the ouster of incumbent President Hosni Mubarak, the release of political prisoners and suspension of emergency (martial) law under which Egypt has been ruled for over two decades. (UPI Photo/Stewart Innes) | License Photo

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.

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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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