The Muslim Brotherhood strongly rejected the initiative that was proposed by Hamza Zawba, spokesperson for the group’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), in which the group was to accept the road map and admit misruling the country under deposed President Mohamed Morsy.
The group insisted on the return of Morsy, which prompted Yasser Borhamy, vice president of the Salafi Dawah, to coin the group leaders as “absent” from the political scene. He called on the Brotherhood youth to choose other leaders after the current leadership failed to manage the group.
“Who said the Brotherhood did not make mistakes? Who said Morsy did not make mistakes? We have repeatedly said that we as a party, a group, a government and a presidency have all made mistakes,” Zawba posted in a statement on the FJP website. “We made mistakes alright, but we did not commit crimes against humanity. We definitely made mistakes and we must apologize to the people for deceiving them with our poor performance.”
Sources close to the Muslim Brotherhood said that rejecting the initiative has brought the group back to square one, and that Zawba was acting on his own. But they added that some group leaders were willing to accept the initiative with some modifications.
For his part, Gehad al-Haddad, spokesperson for the Muslim Brotherhood, said the position of the group has not changed. “There is no substitute for the return of the constitutional legitimacy and the elimination of the ramifications of the military coup as if it never took place,” he said.