Egypt muslim brotherhood flag 311.
(photo credit: REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El-Ghany )
Islamist groups in Egypt split on Tuesday over Tahrir Square protests that have seen 33 killed and hundreds injured over continued military rule.
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The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party vowed not to participate "in any sit-in or protest that may lead to more confrontation," Egyptian newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm reported on Tuesday.
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It will instead "strive along with other parties to abort the sedition that the interior ministry has instigated in the country."
The announcement came after Egyptian Salafist Front announced Monday night that it would join the million-man march in Tahrir Square on Tuesday to protest against the country's ruling military council, urging Egyptians to participate in country-wide protests.
The conservative Islamist movement called on the military council to
draft a timetable for a transition of power to a civilian government by
April 30, 2012.
They also demanded speedy trials for those responsible for killing
protesters, and compensation for the families of those who have either
been killed or injured.Islamists
eyeing a strong showing in the next parliament suspect the army wants
to curtail their influence. The army has insisted the violence will not
delay the election, due in just over a week. Analysts
say Islamists could win 40 percent of parliamentary seats, with a big
portion going to the Muslim Brotherhood, the most organized Islamist
group. Islamists were by far the dominant group at Friday’s mass rally,
which drew 50,000 people to Tahrir Square.Oren Kessler contributed to this report