Egypt braces for large, pro-Muslim Brotherhood rallies Monday

Senior leader of Morsi's party denounces military coup.

By REUTERS
July 13, 2013 15:55
Morsi supporters perform weekly Friday prayers at Rabaa Adawiya square in Cairo, July 12, 2013.

Morsi supporters in Cairo 370. (photo credit: REUTERS/Louafi Larbi)

 
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A senior leader of ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi's party called for mass rallies across Egypt on Monday, hours after tens of thousands of Morsi's supporters demanded his return in a peaceful protest in Cairo.

Interim Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi is expected to swear in a new cabinet next week to enforce an army-backed "road map" to restore civilian rule. The military overthrew Morsi, the country's first democratically elected president, on July 3.

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Morsi's party has rejected all political process since then.

"Next Monday a bigger crowd, God willing, in all the squares of Egypt - against the military coup," Essam El-Erian, Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party, said on his Facebook page on Saturday.

"Egypt decides through the ballot box, through protests, and mass rallies and peaceful sit-ins. No one person, one elite group and military organization will impose its decision on the people," he said.

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