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Calls for strike divide Egypt as Muslim Brotherhood snubs government


Religious authorities in Egypt are calling on unions and youth groups across the country for a boycott of the strike that is planned for Saturday February 11. Egyptian protesters are planning mass walkouts and civil disobedience to demand a quicker transfer of power from the SCAF military rule to a civilian rule. Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayib, Grand Imam of Egypt’s highest Islamic authority al-Azhar said “I appeal to you … not to disrupt work even for one hour and commit yourselves to meet your duties toward yourselves, your families and your country,” in a message to the 80 million Egyptians.

The Muslim Brotherhood has also called onto the SCAF’s generals to end the military-appointed government for failure to manage properly the security and economic situation in the country, but the Islamist movement is also condemning the planned stirke by the protesters. Christian authorities have also voiced their concerned over the stirke fearing it may cause further violence and turmoil in Egypt.

Al Arabiya, Saudi Arabia

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