While Egyptian authorities say the political sphere is open to Morsi's allies, they are simultaneously outlining plans to break up the two main sit-ins where thousands of protesters still rally daily for Morsi's return to power. Authorities plan to set up a cordon around the sites while offering "safe passage" to those willing to leave.
In televised remarks Saturday, Interior Ministry spokesman Hany Abdel-Latif urged Morsi's supporters to end their protests, saying it would help the Brotherhood's return to Egypt's political process. He repeated the offer from the ministry, which is in charge of police, to give a safe exit to those who abandon the sit-ins.
Meanwhile, Al-Qaida's leader Ayman al-Zawahri condemned Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood in a message for having "tried its best to satisfy America and the secularists." He said that democracy is allowed only for those who agree to "be a slave for the West's ideology, action, policy and economy." The message's authenticity could not be independently confirmed but was posted on a militant website late Friday commonly used by al-Qaida.
Associated Press writer Mariam Rizk contributed to this report.
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