Egypt deputy PM: Islamists must renounce violence




CAIRO — Egypt's deputy prime minister says the Muslim Brotherhood must renounce violence and accept the military-backed roadmap for the country's transition before it can join the political process.

Ziad Bahaa-Eldin, speaking to reporters Tuesday, blamed the Brotherhood for the "continuation of the atmosphere of violence" since the ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in July 3.

Morsi's Brotherhood and its allies have been holding frequent protests demanding his return to office, often leading to clashes with security forces. The group says its protests are peaceful. The violence has killed some 1,000 people.

Bahaa-Eldin, a prominent liberal politician, expressed confidence that Egypt's ailing economy can bounce back, even if no resolution is reached with the Brotherhood. "Egypt can live with a level of violence and instability," he said.