Opposition sources have told Ahram Online that preparations are underway for a meeting that should take place this week — within two days according to two sources — to bring together the leadership of Strong Egypt Party, the National Salvation Front (NSF) and the Salafist El-Nour Party.
The meeting, essentially proposed by the Strong Egypt Party, aims to find a political and economic exit out of the current impasse facing the country. Sources from the three opposition parties/groups say there is a general sense of unease about the assessment of the president and the majority Freedom and Justice Party, the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood, about the depth and breadth of the economic crisis and the many layers of attendant political woes.
"The Brotherhood are convinced that they are faced with no serious opposition and that the anger of the crowds that take to the streets is only a function of conspiracies that we orchestrate against them," said a source at the NSF. She added: "This is very disturbing, because if they cannot see the problem then it is very hard to expect them to resolve it."
A source from El-Nour Party argued that the worst part of the problem is "the fact that the Muslim Brotherhood insist that they can handle the economic problem without resorting to serious economic experts."
For his part, a source at the Strong Egypt Party said "The fact of the matter is that the presidency is convinced that things will work themselves out if the opposition leadership stops what the Brotherhood qualifies as 'instigation.' This is not true; there is a serious problem and it needs to be addressed." (Ahram Onine)