Islamists call for dialogue in Egypt after coup

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CAIRO — A Muslim Brotherhood-led alliance said Saturday it is ready for a national dialogue to end Egypt’s political standoff, for the first time not formally demanding ousted President Mohammed Morsi’s return to power.

The country’s military-backed government, however, signaled no intention to start talks with Morsi supporters. Underscoring that, judges also suggested Saturday that the government disband the Brotherhood’s political party.

The call by the alliance of Islamist groups is the first formal proposition by Morsi supporters, who have organized near-daily protests demanding his return to office since he was removed in a popularly supported military coup July 3.

Mohammed Bishr said the proposition calls for the release of detainees arrested after the ouster of Morsi.

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