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Egypt Defense Committee Calls for Muslim Brotherhood Government

March 04, 2012

An Egyptian parliamentary committee demanded a new coalition government to be headed by the Muslim Brotherhood’s party, the Middle East News Agency reported.

The Defense and National Security committee said that a government statement to parliament last month “does not meet the aspirations of the Egyptian people,” and provided no “real plan” to restore security and revive the economy, the state-run agency reported. They urged the withdrawal of confidence from the government of Prime Minister Kamal el-Ganzouri, it said.

The Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice party alliance makes up the largest bloc in parliament.

The lawmakers also criticized Egypt’s decision to lift a travel ban on U.S. and other foreign defendants prosecuted by the country in relation to foreign funding of non-governmental organizations, the agency reported.

Parliament will hold a session on March 11 to discuss the “violations to Egypt’s sovereignty and dignity,” the news agency cited committee deputy Farid Ismail as saying.

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