Egyptian military offers government posts to Muslim Brotherhood members
A credible source, close to the Egyptian leadership, has confirmed that military leaders have offered the Muslim Brotherhood three ministerial posts and the release of key Brotherhood members from prison, if the party co-operates.
“Within the framework of national reconciliation, there have been promises made by the government to the Brotherhood, but only after they clear the sit-ins and end the protests,” the security source revealed.
“These promises include three ministerial posts in the new government; unfreezing the assets of the senior Muslim Brotherhood and only letting out of prison those who have not incited violence against the state,” continued the source. These alleged talks have arisen a month after the Egyptian military ousted the Muslim Brotherhood leader, Mohamed Morsi, on 3rd July 2013.
However, both the Egyptian military and the Muslim Brotherhood’s spokespeople deny that any such talks had occurred or would occur in the foreseeable future. “These are all lies,” said one official, Gamal Heshmat.
“The Brotherhood did not receive nor will it accept to make deals of this sort. Any resolution will have to be part of national reconciliation involving the national coalition that involves the Brotherhood and other groups opposing the coup,” he added.
Egyptian officials have confirmed that there has been some sort of dialogue between the two parties to find a solution to the current political paralysis which has caused severe injury to the Egyptian people.
The Brotherhood protest sit-ins continue in Raba’a al-Adawiya mosque in the west and near Cairo University in the east, though the military has issued warnings for their cessation.
The response from the European Union, African Union and the US has been to send envoys to support the military. Some Brotherhood officials say that this has resulted in an uneven playing field that will only result in the bloodshed of more of its own members.