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Egypt orders arrest of Muslim Brotherhood leader

Jul 10th, 2013 - International News

— Egypt's prosecutor general has ordered the arrest of the Muslim Brotherhood's spiritual leader and nine others for allegedly instigating violence that left more than 50 Brotherhood supporters dead in clashes with the military this week.

The general prosecutor's office says it has issued arrest warrants for the general guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohammed Badie, as well as his deputy and strongman, Mahmoud Ezzat. Eight other leading Islamists also were ordered to be taken into custody.

The prosecutor's office says the Islamist leaders are suspected of inciting the violence outside the Republican Guard building in Cairo on Monday that left 54 people dead.

Badie is a revered figure among the Brotherhood's followers, who swear an oath of absolute obedience to him — to "hear and obey."

Also today, a spokesman for the Brotherhood says it'll reject any offer to join an interim government to replace the administration of ousted President Mohammed Morsi.

Newly appointed Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi is to begin forming a Cabinet today, and has said he would offer the Brotherhood — which helped propel Morsi to the presidency — posts in a new government.

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