Muslim Brotherhood: Egypt's Gov't. Failing

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- One year after the so-called Arab Spring, Egypt may be in for another shakeup.

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood renewed its call for a national unity government on Monday, saying the interim government appointed by the military has failed to deal with the security situation and the economy.

"Egypt is suffering from escalating economic and security crises that confirm the failure of the government," the Brotherhood's "political" arm, the Freedom and Justice Party, said in a statement Monday, Reuters reported.

The party, which won 43 percent of parliamentary seats in recent legislative elections, has been calling for the formation of a unity coalition.

In June, Egypt is slated to hold presidential elections, ending the military-appointed interim government that took over following the ouster of former President Hosni Mubarak.

While the Brotherhood says it will not "contest the presidency," it is demanding a strong voice in Egypt's post-Mubarak government.

The statement also reiterated the Islamist group's rejection of U.S. threats to reconsider the $1.5 billion aid package to Egypt if the 19 Americans facing trial are not released.

"Egyptians will not tolerate any officials who decide to succumb to pressure and to cover up the accusations or interfere in the work of the judiciary," the Brotherhood said in an emailed statement on February 16, adding that the investigation revealed that some U.S. aid "is being spent to destroy Egypt and ruin it society," Bloomberg reported.

Meanwhile, Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona), in Cairo with a five-member delegation of senators to discuss the situation, told reporters Egyptian authorities are working "diligently" to resolve the situation.

McCain said Field Marshall Hussein Tantawi assured the delegation "they are working very diligently to try to resolve the NGO issue."

"People of good faith in this country and in our country…will find an acceptable resolution to the present situation," McCain added.

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