CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian presidential frontrunner Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Monday appeared to rule out reconciliation with the Muslim Brotherhood movement, raising the specter of a prolonged conflict with a group he said was finished.
Sisi, who ousted the Brotherhood’s Mohamed Mursi from the presidency last July after mass protests against Mursi’s rule, accused the Brotherhood of links to violent militant groups, adding that two plots to assassinate him had been uncovered.
“I want to tell you that it is not me that finished (the Brotherhood). You, the Egyptians, are the ones who finished it,” Sisi said in a joint interview with Egypt’s privately owned CBC and ONTV television channels broadcast on Monday.
Asked whether the Brotherhood would cease to exist during his presidency, Sisi answered: “Yes. That’s right.”
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