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The Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) proposed amendments to the parliamentary elections law on Monday at a "national dialogue" meeting called by President Mohamed Mursi, said its chairman, Saad al-Katatni, on Tuesday.
"I wish that all parties would rethink their positions and join us in confronting attempts to spread chaos and violence," Katatni said, adding that the purpose of the proposed amendments is to reduce tensions.
Katatni insisted that all factions must rise above their ideological differences and put the safety and stability of the nation above all else.
"Our hands are reached out to everyone," he said in a post on the FJP's official Facebook page on Tuesday.
Chairman of the Ghad al-Thawra Party, Ayman Noor, who also attended the meeting, said in a phone interview on a satellite channel on Monday that the amendments they discussed were to allow parliamentarians to change their status after being elected and to make it unnecessary for female candidates to be on top of electoral lists.
Meanwhile, Egypt's main opposition coalition, the National Salvation Front, had turned down Mursi's invitation for dialogue, describing it as "late" and "cosmetic".
The president's call for dialogue came as an attempt to calm tensions that have risen in light of clashes that marked the second anniversary of the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak.
This content is from :Aswat Masriya
Un responsable égyptien a réfuté un rapport fait par la chaîne télévisée du régime iranien PRESS TV qui lui attribuait des propos louant les mollahs en Iran tout en prétendant qu'il avait rencontré le président du parlement des mollahs en visite au Soudan, a indiqué le 23 janvier le quotidien de langue arabe al-Sharq al-Awsat.
Selon le quotidien, « Mohammed Saad El-Katatni, secrétaire général du Parti Liberté et Justice (FJP) ne s’est jamais rendu au Soudan et n'a jamais tenu aucun propos », a déclaré son conseiller de presse en réponse aux questions sur cette nouvelle.
Un communiqué publié par le FJP affirme qu'El-Katatni n'a rien dit à la presse sur la révolution iranienne. Le conseiller de FJP a affirmé qu'El-Katatni ne s'était pas rendu au Soudan, n'avait pris part à aucune conférence hors d’Égypte. Il se trouve au Caire et n'a tenu aucun propos aux médias égyptiens ni non-égyptiens.
Le quotidien arabe écrit que par le passé, les médias du régime iranien avaient publié des propos et des entretiens « fabriqués » attribués à de hauts responsables égyptiens. Leur plus importante « production » jusqu'à maintenant a été un entretien avec le président égyptien Mohammed Morsi.
Marking the 2nd anniversary of the January 25 Revolution, the Freedom and Justice Party hails the makers of the peaceful uprising, vowing to continue work for more freedom, dignity and justice.
In memory of our glorious revolution, we pay tribute to our honorable martyrs who gave their lives for our freedom and our dignity, a tribute to the great people of Egypt, who rejected injustice and proved their ability to overthrow heads of the corrupt regime, a tribute to the people who chose to keep the revolution peaceful – evidence of their civilized nature, a tribute to the brave army of Egypt, who proved that they support the choice of the people and the revolution.
The people decided to forge forward with the construction of a modern democratic State, turning to the ballot box, and electing – for the first time – a civilian president for Egypt. Thus the ruler became a worker in the employ of the people, not a guardian over them. The people also voted their approval of the first constitution written by their representatives under the custodianship of no tyrant, or occupier.
Egyptians have achieved those accomplishments amid whirlwinds that threatened to sweep the homeland to an unknown fate. Here we are preparing for the election of the new parliament, hoping it will reflect all spectrums of society and form a new government qualified to lead the nation and contribute with the elected president to the establishment of a renaissance worthy of Egypt and its people.
We believe that this homeland’s future is bright. It is blessed with great human and material resources. We also believe that the great Egyptian people can overcome all odds.
The Freedom and Justice Party and all its members have made a pledge to God to spare no effort and do everything in their power to complete the march of the Revolution. We also pledge to God to put our hands in the hands of all the loyal people of this homeland – without discrimination based on orientations or leanings – to achieve freedom, dignity and social justice.
Freedom and Justice Party – Egypt – January 24, 2013(Ikhwan web)
The Muslim Brotherhood’s political arm, the FJP, launches its biggest sports events in Cairo, starting with a marathon for young Egyptians.
The Freedom and Justice Party (FJP)’s Youth Secretariat in Cairo has organized a youth sports festival under the slogan "For You Egypt" as the biggest sporting event sponsored by the FJP at Cairo governorate level.
The Secretariat announced that participating teams will play in Football League competitions in local districts, the winner will then play other teams, leading to the finals of Cairo governorate.
The Youth Secretariat said festival opening events will begin with a marathon that will be announced in the coming days.
The Secretariat confirmed that participants should be aged 16 years or older.
FJP leaders will attend the opening events, along with many public figures and major sports clubs’ chiefs.
A leading figure with the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party projected the party winning 55 percent of seats in the House of Representatives during the next elections in April.
Ibrahim Abu Auf of the Freedom and Justice Party told Al-Masry Al-Youm that the party could win “perhaps even more seats, if the party forms coalitions with other political forces.”
Abu Auf's statements echo those of other party officials, underlining the party's confidence of achieving a majority in the next Parliament.
The FJP emerged as the strongest political party in the country after the 25 January revolution overthrew longtime President Hosni Mubarak and his National Democratic Party. Founded by the Muslim Brotherhood, the FJP won around 42 percent of the seats in the lower house of Parliament, the now-dissolved, People's Assembly, in the first elections after the revolution.
However, some commentators say that the party will face a stiff challenge in the next elections from both secular and ultra conservative Salafi parties.
The main secular coalition force, the National Salvation Front, said that they will run for elections with a unified electoral coalition. And on the Salafi side, former Nour Party head Emad Abdel Ghafour's new Al-Watan Party has forged an alliance with popular preacher and former presidential candidate Hazem Saleh Abu Ismail.
However, Abu Auf said that such changes in the political landscape ahead of parliamentary elections are not a source of concern for the FJP.
"We have three times more candidates than needed,” he said, adding that voters will not be swayed by other parties attempts to tarnish the image of the Brotherhood
The Muslim Brotherhood and the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) in governorates across Egypt have sent cordial congratulatory Christmas messages to Egypt’s three Churches and their leaders.
Muslim Brotherhood and FJP delegations are expected to visit churches on Sunday evening in all Egyptian provinces.
The Brotherhood has always been keen to visit churches to share Christmas celebrations. Since its inception, the FJP also visits churches to share Christian celebrations with Coptic brothers and sisters. (Ikhwan web)
Protesters on Friday broke into the Freedom and Justice Party's headquarters in Damanhour minutes after they stormed Muslim Brotherhood's headquarters in the city, an Aswat Masriya witness reported.
The protesters scattered the contents of the headquarters and threw them in the street.
Demonstrators earlier torched the contents of the brotherhood's headquarters.
This content is from :Aswat Masriya
All Egyptians are entitled to celebrate the anniversary of then January 25 revolution in their own way without violence or vandalism under any pretexts, head of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) Mohamed Saad al-Katatni said on Friday.
Everyone has the right to celebrate the revolution's anniversary in their own way whether by means of peaceful demonstrations or through developmental projects, Katatni wrote in a statement on his Facebook page.
The FJP had said it will not take part in the demonstrations on the revolution's second anniversary yet last Tuesday it launched a campaign called "Together We Build Egypt" to commemorate the revolution.
The campaign's goal is to develop education, industry, agriculture, and housing, Katatni explained.
"No one has the right to exercise violence or vandalise the state's institutions and the properties of Egyptians under any pretext," he stated. (Aswat Masriya)
The Muslim Brotherhood launches domestic tourism trips to historical Luxor in upper Egypt, among efforts coordinated with the group’s political arm, the FJP, to help the country take its rightful place among the world’s top tourist destinations.
Taking part in celebrations of the Red Sea Governorate's National Day, Helmi Al-Gazzar, Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) Secretary in Giza, affirmed the FJP’s support for tourism in Egypt.
The Salafi Nour Party would never form a coalition with the Freedom and Justice Party or the Muslim Brotherhood, said on Monday Yasser Borhamy, the vice chairman of the Salafi Dawah in Alexandria.
Jama'a al-Islamiya and its political arm the Construction and Development Party also said that they wouldn’t ally with the FJP in the upcoming parliamentary elections.
Other Salafi parties, including Fadila and Asala, are expected to join different coalitions alongside the Wasat, Hadara, Ghad al-Thawra, Strong Egypt, Reformation and Renaissance and Egyptian Current parties.
Some Nour Party dissidents, led by former party head Emad Abdel Ghafour — current chair of the Al-Watan Party — will run the elections as part of a coalition with Hazem Salah Abu Ismail’s Umma Party.
Borhamy also that the mandatory representation of women in Parliament violates Sharia and the Constitution.
“Allocating quotas for women and Copts simply because of their gender or religion is blatant discrimination,” he posted on the Nour Party’s official website.
The Shura Council agreed on Saturday to the Nour Party’s request to cancel the clause of the draft election law that stipulates names of female candidates appear at the top part of the electoral lists.
Assistant Justice Minister Omar al-Sherif responded by saying that the quota is a “positive” form of discrimination.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm
Hussein Mohamed Ibrahim on Thursday was elected as the secretary general of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party.
Ibrahim who was head of the parliamentary majority at the dissolved People’s Assembly won with 39 votes while his rival Helmi al-Gazzar got 21 votes. (Aswat Masriya)