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Opposition group excludes reigning President's National Democratic Party from talks; Mohammed ElBaradei: I have been mandated by the people.
The Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's largest opposition group,is in talks with other anti-government figures to form a national unity government without President Hosni Mubarak, a group official told DPA on Sunday.
Although the Muslim Brotherhood is officially banned from running for elections for parliament, some movement members have presented canidates.
Gamal Nasser, a spokesman for the Brotherhood, told DPA that his group was in talks with Mohammed ElBaradei - the former UN nuclear watchdog chief - to form a national unity government without the National Democratic Party of Mubarak.
Jodi Evans, a founder of the radical anti-war group Code Pink and "bundler" for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, met with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Wednesday.
U.S. President Barack Obama met with members of Egypt's Islamist opposition movement, the Muslim Brotherhood, earlier this year, according to a report in Thursday editions of the Egyptian daily newspaper Almasry Alyoum.
The newspaper reported that Obama met the group's members, who reside in the U.S. and Europe, in Washington two months ago.
The officer corps of Egypt's powerful military has been educated at defense colleges in the United States for 30 years. The Egyptian armed forces have about 1,000 American M1A1 Abrams tanks, which the United States allows to be built on Egyptian soil. Egypt permits the American military to stage major operations from its bases and has always guaranteed the Americans passage through the Suez Canal.
The relationship between the Egyptian and American militaries is, in fact, so close that it was no surprise Friday to find two dozen senior Egyptian military officials at the Pentagon, halfway through an annual week of meetings, lunches and dinners with their American counterparts.
The Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's venerable and controversial Islamic organization, says it has backed Mohamed ElBaradei as the lead spokesman for the country's opposition groups to negotiate further political reforms with the shaky Egyptian government.
The development marks the latest step by the Brotherhood to subordinate its religious goals to what opposition groups are describing as a battle for democracy, in a country run under a state of emergency by President Hosni Mubarak for more than 30 years. It also suggests that the group's once sidelined moderate wing is regaining strength at a time when the movement could emerge as a significant political actor in Egyptian politics.
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The day before Egyptian security dragged him off to jail last week, Issam El-Erian, a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, was in an ebullient mood.
The streets of Cairo were swarming with protesters, many of them young people with no affiliation to his movement. But the challenge they were posing to the regime of Hosni Mubarak, which the Brotherhood has battled for decades, was a source of great satisfaction.
Originally posted by Freeborn
If The Muslim Brotherhood gains power then the whole situation in the Middle East alters dramatically.
"The Americans can tolerate seeing blood shed in Egypt but not see a regime fall in Egypt into the hands of the people," he said.
But while the president does not want to appear to be propping up the old order, officials indicated he was worried a new government dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood or other Islamist groups might not honour the treaty with Israel.
The foreign secretary, William Hague, said it was not up to foreigners to decide who runs Egypt. But he added: "Certainly we would not want to see a government based on the Muslim Brotherhood."
Abdel-Monaem Abdel-Maqsoud, a lawyer representing the Muslim Brotherhood, said 34 members were arrested and taken to a prison north-west of Cairo ahead of last Friday's mass protests. All 34 got away last night, he said, including seven senior leaders