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BREAKING: The Brotherhood Makes Its Move

ElBaradei is in Tahrir Square in central Cairo right now, making a speech to protesters. This is his first appearance on a major stage since his return from exile last Thursday. He told the people, “You have taken back your rights and what we have begun cannot go back.”

Al-Jazeera is reporting that “The Muslim Brotherhood has said that ElBaradei is to negotiate for the opposition.” If this is true, it essentially constitutes an alliance between the Brotherhood and ElBaradei. Expect it to be pitched as a “unity government.”

The Brotherhood is a visible presence in Tahrir Square right now; the NY Times is reporting that Brotherhood members are moving through the crowd while ElBaradei speaks.

Three hours ago, Egyptian fighter jets circled low over the crowds in Cairo Square.