Egypt's army-backed rulers and allies of its deposed Islamist president gave the first signs on Saturday of a readiness to compromise, pressed by Western envoys trying to head off more bloodshed.
Egypt's army was holding ousted President Mohamed Mursi at a military facility in Cairo on Thursday and other Muslim Brotherhood leaders were arrested in a crackdown on the movement that won several elections last year.
The Muslim Brotherhood's party declared on Monday that its candidate Mohamed Morsy had won Egypt's first free presidential election, beating Hosni Mubarak's last prime minister Ahmed Shafik.
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Egypt's new Islamist-dominated parliament has voted to select members for a body that will draft a new constitution.
However, liberal and leftist MPs withdrew, protesting that the nation's diversity would not be properly represented.