'This will lead us back to square one': Muslim Brotherhood rejects plans for Egypt elections laid out by interim president Adly Mansour
Senior officials from Egypt’s ousted Muslim Brotherhood party have formally rejected plans laid out by interim president Adly Mansour for fresh elections next year.
Essam al-Erian, a leading figure in the Egyptian-branch of the Islamist moment, said the timetable for constitutional changes and subsequent elections would set the country “back to square one”. He also refused to recognise Adly Mansour’s authority to call elections.
The Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohammed Morsi was ousted as president by the Egyptian army last week, just a year after being voted-in during the country’s first ever democratic elections.
His removal followed protests by tens of thousands of civilians who accused him of becoming increasingly authoritarian Islamist agenda that disrupted the country’s vital tourism industry and made its economic problems considerably worse.
Under Adly Mansour’s election timetable, a redrafting of the country’s currently suspended-constitution - which was drafted by the Muslim Brotherhood shortly after it came to power - would take place within the next 15 days.
The amendments would then be put to a country-wide referendum within four months which, providing they are passed, would pave the way for a fresh round of democratic elections on early 2014.
The timetable was announced just hours after 51 Morsi-loyalists were killed outside an army barracks where the deposed president is believed to be held.
The Muslim Brotherhood claims those killed were fired upon during a peaceful sit-in protest outside the building.
The army rejects those claims, saying the deaths occurred in response to armed provocation.
- 1 President of Argentina adopts Jewish godson to 'stop him turning into a werewolf'
- 2 Doctors remove 80 teeth from boy's jaw
- 3 The 'Black Museum': After 150 years, public set to see exhibits from police’s grisly crime museum
- 5 Sir Winston Churchill’s family begged him not to convert to Islam, letter reveals
President of Argentina adopts Jewish godson to 'stop him turning into a werewolf'
The 'Black Museum': After 150 years, public set to see exhibits from police’s grisly crime museum
Downfall of Dustin 'Screech' Diamond, the 'Saved By The Bell' star charged with bar stabbing
Syrian teenager Usaid Barho reveals how he escaped from Isis using a suicide vest
Sir Winston Churchill’s family begged him not to convert to Islam, letter reveals
Millions of Britons struggling to feed themselves and facing malnourishment
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
Nigel Farage: Ukip leader named 'Briton of the year' by The Times
Immigrants make UK racist, says Ukip councillor Trevor Shonk
£23000 - £26000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This national Company that manu...
£13000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Scotland's leading life insuran...
£25000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Maintenance Assistant is requ...
£32000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Business Manager is required ...