A spokesman of interim Egyptian President Adly Mansour says the Muslim Brotherhood can run candidates in the upcoming elections that are supposed to be held according to the military’s roadmap.
"We extend our hand to everyone, everyone is a part of this nation," Mansour’s media advisor, Ahmed al-Muslimani, stated on Saturday. "The Muslim Brotherhood has plenty of opportunities to run for all elections, including the coming presidential elections or the ones to follow," he added. However, many Muslim Brotherhood supporters were not ready to quietly accept the military’s decision to oust President Mohamed Morsi. On Friday, tens of thousands of Muslim Brotherhood activists and their supporters took to the streets across the country to protest against the coup, and clashes broke out between pro-Morsi and opposition protesters and security forces that left 36 people dead and more than 1,000 injured. Earlier on Friday, Muslim Brotherhood supreme leader Mohammed Badie said the military coup against Egypt’s first democratically elected president was illegal and millions would remain on the street until Morsi was reinstated as president. In a televised speech late on Wednesday night, Egyptian army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced that Morsi was no longer in office and declared that the head of the Supreme Constitutional Court, Adly Mansour, had been appointed as the new interim president of Egypt. The army also suspended the constitution. Army officials said Morsi was being held “preventively” by the military and might face formal charges over accusations made by his opponents. Mansour was sworn in as interim president in a ceremony in Cairo on Thursday, where he vowed to “preserve the system of the republic, and respect the constitution and law, and guard the people’s interests.”