Egypt: opposition rejects president's call for dialogue unless conditions are met
Reform leaders demand national unity government
An Egyptian protester waves his national flag as he gestures towards riot police during clashes near Cairo's Tahrir Square on January 28, 2013. (Photo credit MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images)
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CAIRO - Egypt's main opposition coalition has rejected President Mohammed Morsi's call for dialogue to resolve the country's political crisis, unless their conditions are met.
Monday's announcement was made by reform leader Mohammed ElBaradei and other top figures in the National Salvation Front.
ElBaradei said must first appoint a national unity government and name a commission to amend the disputed constitution ratified last month.
"The dialogue to which the president invited us is to do with form and not content," said ElBaradei, Nobel Peace laureate. "We support any dialogue if it has a clear agenda that can shepherd the nation to the shores of safety."
The opposition's stand is likely to fuel the political crisis roiling the nation and in which more than 50 people have died.
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