February 1, 2011 / 12:08 PM / 7 years ago

Egypt's Islamists say no talks till Mubarak goes

Anti-government protesters stand next to a defaced picture of Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak in Alexandria, 230 km (140 miles) north of Cairo, January 25, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer

CAIRO (Reuters) - A coalition of opposition groups have told the Egyptian government that they will only begin talks on a transition to democracy once beleaguered President Hosni Mubarak stands down, the Muslim Brotherhood said on Tuesday.

“Our first demand is that Mubarak goes. Only after that can dialogue start with the military establishment on the details of a peaceful transition of power,” said Mohammed al-Beltagi, a former member of parliament from the Brotherhood.

Beltagi said the opposition was operating under an umbrella group, the National Committee for Following up the People’s Demands, which includes the Brotherhood, the National Association for Change headed by Mohamed ElBaradei, political parties and prominent figures including Coptic Christians.

Beltagi’s comments were echoed by ElBaradei and another opposition official.

Writing by Andrew Hammond

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