Despite the readiness of Egypt’s new leaders to run an inclusive government where members of the Brotherhood would be given ministerial positions, Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood has vowed to continue its resistance in defiance of the military’s ouster of the country’s first democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi.
A Brotherhood statement on Thursday also distanced the group from an assassination attempt on Wednesday against a senior army commander in the Sinai Peninsula, saying the group adheres to peaceful measures.
We will continue our peaceful resistance to the bloody military coup against constitutional legitimacy.
The statement came a day after Egypt’s military-backed government tightened its crackdown on the Brotherhood, ordering the arrest of its spiritual leader in a bid to choke off the group’s campaign to reinstate Morsi, who has been held at an undisclosed Defence Ministry facility since he was ousted.
“We will continue our peaceful resistance to the bloody military coup against constitutional legitimacy,” the Brotherhood said.
“We trust that the peaceful and popular will of the people shall triumph over force and oppression.”
The group denounced the warrants for the arrest of Mohamed Badie and nine other leading Islamists for inciting violence that left dozens dead in Cairo on Monday, saying “dictatorship is back” and insisting it will never work with the interim rulers.
On Thursday, Egypt’s interim prime minister, said he did not rule out posts for the Muslim Brotherhood in his cabinet if candidates were qualified.
Hazem al-Beblawi, who was brought in by the military after Morsi’s removal, told AFP news agency that he was still considering the makeup of his interim government.
“I don’t look at political association … If someone is named from (the Brotherhood’s) Freedom and Justice Party, if he is qualified for the post” he may be considered, Beblawi said.
The Brotherhood has already rejected the offer, and called for a mass rally on Friday.