Leader of Egypt's Brotherhood slams opposition

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FILE - In this Friday, July 13, 2012 file photo, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi holds a joint news conference with Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki, unseen, at the Presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt. An Egyptian appeals court on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 annulled a presidential decree appointing the top prosecutor in a new challenge by the judiciary to Islamist President Mohammed Morsi that throws the country’s legal system into confusion. The dispute is rooted in a series of controversial decrees Morsi issued in November that sparked widespread protests. In them, he decreed that the prosecutor general could serve in office for only four years, with immediate effect on the post’s holder at the time Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud, in place since 2006.  (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo, File)
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FILE - In this Friday, July 13, 2012 file photo, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi holds a joint news conference with Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki, unseen, at the Presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt. An Egyptian appeals court on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 annulled a presidential decree appointing the top prosecutor in a new challenge by the judiciary to Islamist President Mohammed Morsi that throws the country’s legal system into confusion. The dispute is rooted in a series of controversial decrees Morsi issued in November that sparked widespread protests. In them, he decreed that the prosecutor general could serve in office for only four years, with immediate effect on the post’s holder at the time Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud, in place since 2006. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo, File)

CAIRO (AP) — The leader of Egypt's ruling Islamists has lashed out at the opposition, accusing it of teaming up with remnants of Hosni Mubarak's regime to sow unrest and violence.

Thursday's remarks by Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie came in his weekly message to followers.

He says that some unnamed Egyptian politicians now are bankrolled by foreign funds to instigate violence and that they have joined forces with Mubarak loyalists to do so.

Badie also offered a version of the tumultuous events since the uprising in January 2011 against Mubarak that is favorable to his group, saying the Brotherhood was the engine and protector of that revolt.

Badie echoed President Mohammed Morsi's message, articulated several times this week — that recent unrest was the work of paid thugs, not real "revolutionaries."

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