Egypt orders Brotherhood arrests

By REUTERS
July 4, 2013 16:54

CAIRO - Egypt's prosecutor ordered the arrest of the Muslim Brotherhood's leader on Thursday, widening a crackdown against the Islamist movement after the army ousted the country's first democratically elected president.

The dramatic exit of President Mohamed Morsi was greeted with delight among millions of people on the streets of Cairo and other cities overnight, but there was simmering resentment among Egyptians who opposed military intervention.

Perhaps aware of the risk of a polarized society, the new interim leader, Adli Mansour, used his inauguration to hold out an olive branch to the Brotherhood.

"The Muslim Brotherhood are part of this people and are invited to participate in building the nation as nobody will be excluded, and if they respond to the invitation, they will be welcomed," he said.


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