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Brotherhood, forecasting end of crisis, eyes elections

| Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, 8:38 p.m.

CAIRO — The Muslim Brotherhood's political party believes the crisis buffeting Egypt is nearly over and is turning its attention to building alliances with liberal foes on the other side of the struggle for the country's future.

Saad al-Katatni, head of the Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party, said approval of a new constitution in a Dec. 15 referendum would end the turmoil set off by President Mohamed Morsy's assumption of new powers in a Nov. 22 decree.

“The crisis we have suffered for two weeks is on its way to an end, and very soon, God willing,” Katatni said on Tuesday.

Katatni outlined his party's plan for what comes next: an effort to build alliances with secular-minded groups for parliamentary elections to take place once the constitution is approved.

With mistrust of the Brotherhood running deep, the initiative could face an uphill struggle. Yet Katatni said finding common ground was vital to Egypt's future.

“Our preferred option is that the alliance not be ideological so that we don't have a split in the nation: a group representing the Islamists and a group representing (the others),” Katatni said. “This represents a danger.”

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