The demand appears to be an attempt to build on the fervor in the region triggered by the uprising in Tunisia that ousted that nation’s authoritarian president.
The Muslim Brotherhood also called in its statement Wednesday for an end to Egypt’s 30-year-old emergency law that bans political rallies. It also demanded sweeping constitutional amendments to allow free and fair presidential elections.
Egypt’s opposition groups say the country’s parliamentary elections late last year were fraudulent.
The Muslim Brotherhood and another party pulled out before the second round of voting, citing widespread vote rigging.