Experts mixed on reconciliation between MB and state
Nader Bakar - YOUM7/Salah Saied

CAIRO: A number of politicians and Islamic experts told Youm7 on Thursday that it is not advisable for the Muslim Brotherhood and their allies to escalate demonstrations in response to the presidential bid of Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.

The Brotherhood seeks to increase protests in streets and universities, but they already lost their effectiveness, Islamic movements expert Kamal Habib told Youm7 Thursday.

Other political forces mistrust the Brotherhood, which prevents them from widening the scope of their activities, Habib added.

Expert in Islamic movements and former member of the Brotherhood Tariq Abu Saad told Youm7 that the Brotherhood will intensify its political efforts to reach a successful reconciliation agreement before the presidential elections.

The Brotherhood is making strong efforts to push for negotiations with the authorities, and their calls to return ousted President Mohamed Morsi have significantly decreased, Saad said.

But the assistant chairperson of the Nour Party, Nader Bakar, said in an interview on the Mehwar channel Wednesday that reconciliation between the Brotherhood and the state is not possible.

Bakar said the only hope for the Brotherhood is to change its senior leaders, who could not admit their failure when ruling the country, and to demolish the financial dominance within the group, Al-Masry Al-Youm reported.

Bakar added that it is unlikely any successful reconciliation initiatives will take place before the upcoming presidential elections, “since such a decision needs a brave and powerful president to impose fair terms of reconciliation,” Al-Masry Al-Youm reported.

Tamarod spokesperson Maha Abu Bakr said reconciliation attempts are not likely to progress with the Brotherhood “as their allies commit violent acts against Egyptians,” Youm7 reported.

Additional reporting by Ahmed Arafa.

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