Egyptian Brotherhood may participate in referendum, says acting leader
Rafiq Habib

Acting head of the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) says the party could seek a “democratic revolution”, according to the ban- Arab Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper.

Rafiq Habib, acting head of FJP, the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood, suggested for the first time that the party may take part in the forthcoming referendum on the proposed amendments to the Egyptian constitution.

The FJP’s newspaper published the second part of an article by Habib on Saturday, in which he presented a number of scenarios to “defeat the coup,” referring to the Egyptian military’s toppling of Brotherhood-backed president Mohamed Mursi on July 3. In his article, Habib suggested that one of the possible scenarios was “democratic revolution” via the rejection of the constitutional amendments in the referendum.

Habib’s article is likely to be seen by observers as the first sign that the Brotherhood is considering rejoining the political process. According to the newspaper, Habib mentioned that “he would not make comments to the press at this stage.”

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