Egypt leader says public opposes the Brotherhood

March 17, 2014 • World News

FILE – In this Saturday, May 26, 2012 file photo, Egyptian presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq speaks to the media during a press conference at his office in Cairo, Egypt. Earlier this week, the military received criticism from deep within its establishment. Shafiq, the former head of the air force and the last prime minister under Mubarak who came in second in the 2012 elections, criticized the army’s support of el-Sissi and said he would not run for president, according to a recording of a private conversation leaked on the Internet. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra, File)

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s interim leader on Sunday said that the general public opposes the inclusion of the Muslim Brotherhood in the political process because he said it uses violence.

In a wide-ranging interview broadcast late into the night on CBC television, Adly Mansour said that any member of the Brotherhood who renounces violence and gives up membership in the group is welcomed to join the upcoming elections.

“If people are convinced (and vote for them), they are welcome,” said Mansour, the interim president installed in July after the military removed Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, a Brotherhood member, following mass protests against him.

Mansour said he can’t open negotiations with the group, which he blamed for the wave of violence that hit Egypt after Morsi’s ouster. The military-backed government has labelled it a terrorist Login to read more

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