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Brotherhood leader says Egyptians won’t accept ‘military rebellion’

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A senior member of the Muslim Brotherhood’s political party warned on Wednesday that the Egyptian people would not stay calm in the face of a “military rebellion” and said freedom was more valuable than life.

Essam el-Erian, deputy leader of the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, said anyone wagering that the people would stay calm in the face of military revolt would lose their bet.

Meanwhile, Mursi’s hardline Islamist allies in al-Gamaa al-Islamiya want him to call early presidential elections to avoid bloodshed and a military coup, Tarek al-Zumar, a senior member of the group told Reuters.

But this call was later denied in by an offcial from the group, who spoke to Al Arabiya.

The Gamaa Islamiya, once an armed group that is one of Mursi’s few remaining allies, had been advising the head of state to call early presidential elections in the two days since the army issued a deadline for politicians to resolve the political conflict by Wednesday.

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