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Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood wants parliamentary majority to form government

November 29, 2011

(Women walk beside an election poster by Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood "The Freedom and Justice Party'" outside a polling station in Cairo November 28, 2011. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)

The Muslim Brotherhood believes a majority in the new parliament should form a new government, the head of the group’s political party said on Tuesday, a position that could set the Islamists on course for a row with Egypt’s military rulers.

Mohamed Mursi, leader of the group’s Freedom and Justice Party, said a cabinet not backed by a parliamentary majority could not govern in practice. The Freedom and Justice Party is widely expected to do well in a three-stage legislative election that began on Monday and concludes in January.

“A government that is not based on a parliamentary majority cannot conduct its work in practice,” Mursi said to reporters during a tour of polling stations in the working class district of Shubra in Cairo. “Therefore we see that it is natural that the parliamentary majority in the coming parliament will be the one that forms the government,” added Mursi, whose group was banned under the deposed President Hosni Mubarak.

“We see that it is better for it to be a coalition government built on a majority coalition in the parliament,” Mursi added.

The military council last week appointed a new prime minister to form a government following the resignation of the previous cabinet in the face of street protests demanding an immediate end to army rule. Though a member of the military council has said the new parliament will not have the power to dismiss the cabinet or form a new one, observers question whether the generals will be able to resist the will of a chamber elected in a fair vote.

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