The Muslim Brotherhood issued Wednesday a statement announcing a separation between the group and its political arm, as the group will adhere to local laws and regulations except for those issued post-July 2013.
The outlawed group’s alleged statement said it was written in response to an opinion article by political science professor Khalil Al-Anani, who is focused on Islamist politics, entitled “A statement not written by the Brotherhood”.
Even though the statement was sent from the official e-mail address of the Brotherhood, a denial was published later on their official website and a spokesperson of the group confirmed the denial to Daily News Egypt.
The statement and the article are almost identical with few non-substantial changes in the statement that called on the group’s Freedom and Justice Party to revise its stances and make appropriate procedures to “correct relations” with political factions.
The statement said the Brotherhood rejects violence and holds the current regime responsible for “blood that was shed, souls that were killed and freedoms that were repressed”.
It also called on political movements, factions and figures “who believed in the January revolution” to start an immediate political dialogue to work on achieving “revolution’s goals”.
The statement asserted attempts by the group to “revive” the revolution through “endless” demonstrations and protests, “however, it seems that dissent forces that object to change don’t want our revolution to be alive”. The statement said that the group reached an understanding and that they call on the people to take responsibility and defend their “revolution, dignity and freedom”.