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Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood To Set Up Political Party

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(RFE/RL) — Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood says it will set up a political party once restrictions are lifted that prevented it and other groups from doing so under President Hosni Mubarak.

A statement on the Brotherhood’s website says: “When the popular demand for the freedom to form parties is realized, the group will found a political party.”

Although Mubarak maintained a formal ban on the deeply conservative Islamist group, his administration tolerated it so long as it did not challenge his power.

Meanwhile, Egypt’s new military leaders have called on labor leaders and workers to halt strikes and protests as thousands of state employees on February 14 protested to demand better pay and conditions.

The military on February 13 suspended the constitution and dissolved parliament. They said they would rule the country for six months or until parliamentary and presidential elections.

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