Brotherhood says no plans for Egypt presidential bid

CAIRO – The Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt’s biggest opposition group, has no ambitions to run for the Egyptian presidency, a leading member of the Islamist movement told Al Jazeera television today.

Mohammed al-Beltagi also said government representatives who had invited the Muslim Brotherhood to talks on political reform had indicated that the group, which is formally banned, would receive official recognition as a party.

“We are ready to negotiate after (the end of) the Mubarak regime,” he said, adding that the government was “flirting” with the group.

“We have said clearly that we have no ambitions to run for the presidency, or posts in a coalition government,” he said.

Muslim Brotherhood activists have been taking part in mass protests against President Hosni Mubarak’s rule, but the group says it has had no role in organising the demonstrations.

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