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President Mursi welcomes opposition, says no visionary will be harmed

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Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi on Thursday said that no visionary of this age will be harmed, adding that he welcomes opposition and constructive criticism.

The president called on all political powers to join the national dialogue and urged them to place women high up on the lists of the parliamentary elections in order to ensure decent representation of women in the coming parliament.

Mursi described the January 2011 uprising as a milestone in Egypt's transition from the era of corruption and tyranny to a new era where there is no room for injustice.

In a statement Mursi gave on occasion of the Prophet's birthday on Thursday evening, Mursi stated that the people of Egypt have achieved and will achieve many of the revolution's objectives.

On Syria, Mursi said the current regime has no place in Syria's future.

Mursi also expressed his rejection of the foreign military intervention in Mali.

 

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Morsi says ‘counter-revolution’ is obstructing Egypt's development

Morsi says ‘counter-revolution’ is obstructing Egypt's development | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Egypt president Mohamed Morsi has on Thursday taken a swipe at what he described as remnants of the Hosni Mubarak regime for trying to plunge the country into deep troubles as it struggles to recover from economic woes.

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Morsi gave a speech at the Azhar Conference Hall in Cairo in celebration of the Mulid Al-Nabi (birth of Prophet Muhammad), during which he said “counter-revolution” forces are attempting to “undermine the [Egyptian] state.”

"The counter-revolution is being led by remnants of ousted president Hosni Mubarak’s regime to obstruct everything in the country," he said, echoing similar sentiments from the influential Muslim Brotherhood group, which propelled him to power in last year’s presidential election.

Egypt is struggling to overcome an economic crisis that saw the Egyptian pound hit record lows against the U.S dollar, thanks to a political turbulence that shows no signs of easing off.

Morsi called on the Egyptian people to direct their efforts towards work and production and provide a “suitable environment for investment.”

“We will remove all the obstacles in the way of Egyptian, Arab and foreign investors to encourage them to work in Egypt,” he said, before calling on foreign-based Egyptians to invest in their country. (Ahram online)

 

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Brotherhood sec-general says Egypt's 'undemocratic' opposition losing street

Brotherhood sec-general says Egypt's 'undemocratic' opposition losing street | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

What is your assessment of two important periods in Egypt’s modern history: one, the transitional period in which the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) was in power and, two, the past six months in which Egypt has had a civilian president?

 

We all saw what happened in the first period, and we all have our comments. Of course SCAF was able to protect the revolution and safeguard the lives of the demonstrators. It managed to somehow pressure Hosni Mubarak and his regime into leaving. It organised free and fair parliamentary elections for the first time in decades. And it was able to end the transitional period and transfer power to a civilian president.

After Mohamed Morsi took power we sensed that there were attempts to undermine [presidential] authority and push it aside and also to banish the People’s Assembly, an institution that was elected by 33 million Egyptians. There were attempts to disband the Shura Council [parliament's upper house] and the [ongoing] Constituent Assembly [that was tasked with drafting the new constitution]. We were about to find ourselves in a constitutional vacuum, with Morsi left alone and set to fail. Many people joined forces, including businessmen who got rich under the old regime and who got involved in politics.

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What do you think of the opposition’s reaction to the measures taken so far, especially with regard to the referendum?

 

The opposition made a serious mistake when it resorted to lying and disinformation and when it used undemocratic methods to change things. We have seen street action that wasn’t peaceful, and an attempt to storm Al-Ittihadiya Palace [the presidential palace]. People were prevented from entering Tahrir Square and violence was committed when Brotherhood offices were set on fire and thugs were sent to Al-Qaed Ibrahim Square.

None of this was democratic and yet no [opposition] politicians denounced these actions. Indeed, they were pleased with what happened. Perhaps investigations will show they were implicated in what happened.

 

 

But there are many controversial articles, important ones, nearly 15 of them, in the constitution. Why didn’t you take that into consideration when civil groups pulled out of the Constituent Assembly?

 

The points of controversy were less than clear. When the vice president sat down with members of the Constituent Assembly the discussion was not specific and no alternatives were put forward, only general remarks. Besides, we don’t believe that the constitution encroaches on the rights of Copts or the judiciary. What was interesting is how the politicians came up with fabricated articles and attributed them to the constitution. Nowhere in the world do you find politicians fabricating provisions and presenting them as if they were part of the constitution.

 

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Egypt's Opposition NSF Still Haunted By Whispers Of Links To Mubarak Regime

Egypt's Opposition NSF Still Haunted By Whispers Of Links To Mubarak Regime | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Almost two months have passed since the rise of the National Salvation Front (NSF). The front came into being in late November to oppose President Mohamed Morsi's "dictatorial" 22 November decree and unite key figures of Egypt's political opposition against the post-revolution ascendancy of political Islam.

The NSF – which includes among its ranks leftists, liberals, centrists and Nasserists – is, however, accused by its critics of harbouring members who had cooperated with, or even directly belonged to, the ousted Mubarak regime.

It is a charge that has dissuaded a number of would-be sympathisers from cooperating with the NSF.

"Since the launch of the NSF, we have had our own reservations about certain elements within the front that were at one time close to the former regime," Ahmed Imam, member of the Strong Egypt Party's political bureau, told Ahram Online.

Many had expected the Strong Egypt Party, founded last year by former Muslim Brotherhood member Abdel-Moneim Abul-Fotouh, to throw in its lot with the NSF, especially given the party's vehement opposition to Morsi's November decree.

"Just because remnants of former regime oppose Morsi, this does not necessarily mean we must work with them," stressed Imam. He went on to express concern about the current political situation, arguing that figures formerly affiliated with Mubarak were now reinventing themselves through their presence within the NSF. Imam further criticised the NSF for "reinforcing the idea that the political battle is simply about Islamists vs. non-Islamists." He pointed out that a chief goal of the Strong Egypt Party was the easing of Egypt's current state of political polarisation.

NSF spokesman Khaled Daoud, however, begged to differ, stressing that no NSF member was considered a "remnant" (feloul) of the former regime. He asserted that, for NSF members, the term "feloul" meant "former members of [Mubarak's] now-defunct National Democratic Party who took part in the 2005 and 2010 elections, or anyone facing corruption charges."(...)

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While there are no reports of attempts by young NSF members to hinder the functioning of the front, criticism has not been unheard of. When the NSF was formally launched, Hossam Mones, a Nasserist activist and spokesman for the Popular Egyptian Current (one of the front's founding political forces), blasted the NSF's inclusion of figures such as Mubarak-era foreign minister Amr Moussa.(...)

Moussa spokesman and NSF media advisor Ahmed Kamal, for his part, rejected claims of past affiliations between front members and the Mubarak regime. Kamal accused the Strong Egypt Party of practising an "exclusionary discourse" that led to consensus among NSF members to refuse the party's integration into the front.(...)

 

Moussa spokesman and NSF media advisor Ahmed Kamal, for his part, rejected claims of past affiliations between front members and the Mubarak regime. Kamal accused the Strong Egypt Party of practising an "exclusionary discourse" that led to consensus among NSF members to refuse the party's integration into the front.(...)

 

While such questions continue to dog the NSF, front members are currently preoccupied with forging an electoral alliance capable of "countering the Muslim Brotherhood's domination" of parliament's lower house, says Daoud.

"Our challenge is to protect the civil and democratic nature of the Egyptian state from the Muslim Brotherhood and other parties who want to impose their points of view on everyone," Daoud explained.

No date has yet been set for Egypt's upcoming parliamentary contest, but recent official statements suggest it will likely be held in April.

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Opposition call for anti-Brotherhood marches on revolution day

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A group of political parties and movements announced on Sunday their plan to demonstrate in governorates across Egypt on the second anniversary of the 25 January revolution under the slogan, “No to the ‘Brotherhoodization’ of the state.” The...
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A group of political parties and movements announced on Sunday their plan to demonstrate in governorates across Egypt on the second anniversary of the 25 January revolution under the slogan, “No to the ‘Brotherhoodization’ of the state.”

 

The Interior Ministry, meanwhile, has vowed to clearly confront any acts of violence.

 

The parties and movements, of which there are 16, said in a press conference at the Journalists Syndicate, that marches will be held in each governorate in front of city halls, while they rejected all calls for 25 January to be a day of celebration.

 

There will be four marches in Cairo all heading to Tahrir Square, from Shubra, from Imbaba going by Mostafa Mahmoud Mosque, from Ramses Square, and from Maadi.

 

Participants at the press conference called on the people to rise up again to defend the revolution and confront the ruling Muslim Brotherhood, “a group that seeks to falsify history.”

 

The statement accused the Muslim Brotherhood of seeking to monopolize and cement their rule with a Constitution that does not guarantee economic rights. It went on to describe them as “continuing with the corrupt Mubarak regime and its businessmen.”

 

A number of groups and parties signed the statement, including the Congress Party, the People's Alliance, the Social Democratic Party, Free Egyptians and Karama. Movements that signed the statement include the Popular Current, the Revolutionary Socialists, the National Association for Change, Kefaya, Youth for Justice and Freedom, April 6, among others.

 

Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim said in a press statement Sunday that an extended security plan to secure peaceful demonstrations was in place, in accordance with directives from the prime minister.

 

He stressed, however, that any riots or violence will be dealt with harshly, in accordance with the law.

 

Police forces will not be in Tahrir Square, Ibrahim said, but security checkpoints will be placed outside the square to arrest ‘criminal elements’ and prevent them from infiltrating the demonstrations.

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Egypt Opposition Faces New Challenges

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Divisions are growing in the National Salvation Front, a bloc of opposition parties in Egypt, over the Wafd and Conference parties, writes Gharib Damati.

 

 

This objection has pushed the Wafd Party to call on its supreme body to hold a meeting on Friday [Jan. 18] to discuss the repeated media statements of some of the Front’s leaders, in which they have emphasized that some of the parties and movements’ youth members have rejected the presence of the party within the NSF. Abdullah Maghazi, spokesman for the Wafd Party, said that these movements have forgotten that without the Wafd Party, popularly known as the “House of the Nation,” the NSF could not have been established with such momentum. He added that the Wafd Party’s leaders have tried to overcome and draw attention to this fact more than once in the NSF’s meetings. Fouad Badrawi, Secretary General of the Wafd Party, said that the party takes its positions without the guidance of others, and that the assessment of its political position is determined by its leaders and members, not by other political parties and movements’ youth members. He declared that the party is committed to its presence in the National Salvation Front.


Indications of a crisis within the Egyptian opposition National Salvation Front (NSF) have begun to loom on the horizon, after a number of youth members affiliated to the coalition parties and movements, particularly the Popular Current, have objected the membership of the Wafd and Conference parties.

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The indicators of the crisis have emerged after a number of the Popular Current’s leaders demanded the end of the Wafd and Conference parties’ membership of the NSF, citing particular concerns that the parties would put forward individuals affiliated with the former regime and the dissolved National Democratic Party to run in elections as NSF list candidates.


Meanwhile, Hamdeen Sabahi, the founder of the Popular Current, has sought to settle the crisis. He suggested that there should be two lists of parliamentary candidates in some constituencies where the crisis persisted. The first would consist of the Wafd Party, the Conference Party and the Liberal Egyptian Party, whereas the second would include the Arab Democratic Nasserist Party, the Egyptian Popular Current, the Egyptian Democratic Party and the Socialist People's Alliance Party. Azazi Ali Azazi, member of the Egyptian Popular Current’s secretariat, has confirmed, however, that the NSF welcomes the presence of the two parties in the Front and explained that the idea of issuing two electoral lists was designed to maximise the NSF’s share of seats in the same constituency. At the same time, he added that the Wafd Party had been a significant contributor in the establishment of the NSF and that its departure would divide and be detrimental to the Front.  

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Des inconnus attaquent les "sitineurs" d’El-Ettehadeya

Des inconnus attaquent les "sitineurs" d’El-Ettehadeya | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Des inconnus ont incendié les tentes des « sitineurs »-opposants à Morsi- autour du Palais d’El Ettehadeya, en lançant des cocktails molotov. Ils ont également tiré à balles réelles, créant une panique dans les parages du palais et les rues avoisinantes.

 

Les forces de l’ordre sont intervenues en lançant des bombes lacrymogènes sur les sitineurs et les inconnus.

Les heurts ont abouti à la blessure d’un officier de police et des dizaines de civils.

 

 

 

LE CAIRE, 12 janvier (Reuters) - Des inconnus ont lancé samedi soir des bombes incendiaires sur les tentes d'opposants égyptiens campant depuis plusieurs semaines devant le palais présidentiel au Caire, ont rapporté des témoins.

Un journaliste de Reuters a vu plusieurs tentes en feu ainsi que des ambulances quittant les lieux. (Yasmine Saleh et Maria Golovnina; Pascal Liétout pour le service français)

 

source: http://fr.reuters.com/article/frEuroRpt/idFRL6N0AH3A020130112

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هاجم مجهولون المعتصمين المتواجدين أمام قصر الاتحادية، المعارضين للرئيس محمد مرسي، وحرقوا الخيام بعد أن ألقوا عليها زجاجات المولوتوف وأطلقوا النار عليهم، وسادت حالة من الذعر بالشوارع المحيطة بالقصر.

وتدخلت قوات الأمن المركزي، وألقت القنابل المسيلة للدموع على المعتصمين والمجهولين، في محاولة لفض الاشتباك، بينما سادت حالة من الكر والفر بين الطرفين في شارع الميرغني والشوارع الجانبية.

وأسفرت الاشتباكات عن إصابة أحد ضباط الشرطة بطلق ناري والعشرات بين المعتصمين والمجهولين، فيما اكتفت قوات الأمن المركزي بالتمركز أمام بوابات قصر الاتحادية، محاولة فض الاشتباكات، بالتزامن مع وصول سيارتين للإسعاف لنقل المصابين

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Strong Egypt Party says refuses to join Salvation Front

Strong Egypt Party says refuses to join Salvation Front | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
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The Strong Egypt Party on Wednesday denied applying to join the oppositionist National Salvation Front, affirming that its declared reasons for not joining the front did not change.

In a statement reported by the Middle East News Agency (MENA), the party which was founded by former presidential candidate Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh denied reaching an agreement to join an electoral alliance.

The party said it had "direct connections to figures like Mohamed ElBaradei, Hamdeen Sabahi, Mohamed Ghonim, and Abdel Ghaffar Shokr".

The party also ruled out the possibility of creating an alliance with the Freedom and Justice Party, the Muslim Brotherhood's political arm.

"Electoral alliances with those in power have politically complicated calculations," the party said. (Aswat Masriya)

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Politique: Changements stratégiques avant les législatives

Politique: Changements stratégiques avant les législatives | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Mohamad Morsi a procédé le 6 janvier à 10 remaniements ministériels impliquant notamment les Finances et l’Intérieur. L’objectif est de parer au plus urgent, notamment en termes économiques, pour présenter un bilan positif avant les législatives dans deux mois.

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Le président Morsi a déclaré à l’issue du remaniement que celui-ci visait à « redresser la situation économique et atténuer la crise politique ». Le remaniement fait suite au référendum sur la Constitution des 15 et 22 décembre. Il intervient également à quelques semaines seulement des élections législatives dans un contexte de grave crise économique.

Depuis quelques semaines l’Egypte souffre d’un recul de sa monnaie face au dollar, ce qui laisse augurer une hausse des prix, notamment sur les denrées alimentaires. Le déficit budgétaire ne cesse de se creuser et les investissements, n’ont toujours pas repris.

« Le but de ce remaniement, entre autres, est de rassurer les Egyptiens et d’apaiser leurs craintes d’où les déclarations du président Morsi », souligne le politologue Gamal Zahrane. Il ajoute que ce n’est pas un hasard si la plupart des ministères concernés sont à caractère économique.

Mais l’économie n’est pas le seul facteur. Des considérations politiques entrent en ligne de compte, notamment pour préparer les élections législatives. Celles-ci devraient théoriquement avoir lieu au mois de février, deux mois après l’adoption de la Constitution. (...)

Mais dans les rangs de l’opposition, le remaniement passe mal. Au sein du Front de Salut National (FSN, principale coalition de l’opposition regroupant notamment, ElBaradei, Amr Moussa et Hamdine Sabahi), on parle d’un remaniement « sans intérêt ».

« C’est un remaniement qui vise seulement à consolider le pouvoir des Frères musulmans », lance un membre du FSN. (Al-Ahram Hebdo)

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Egyptian opposition to mark uprising with new protests

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By Tom Perry (Reuters, via Aswat Masriya) -


Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi's opponents head to Cairo's Tahrir Square on Friday to mark the anniversary of the uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak with protests against the new head of state and his Islamist allies.

On the second anniversary of the uprising, Mursi's secular-minded rivals aim to revive the demands of a revolution that they say has been betrayed by the Muslim Brotherhood, the movement that propelled him to power in an election last year.

"I call on everyone to take part and go out to every place in Egypt to show that the revolution must be completed," Mohamed ElBaradei, a leading liberal, said in a statement.

"It will be against the Brotherhood," said Ahmed Maher, founder of the April 6 movement that helped mobilise the uprising against Mubarak through social media. "The goals of the revolution have not been realised yet," he told Reuters.

Inspired by Tunisia's uprising against President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, Egypt's revolution helped set off more revolts in Libya and Syria. But the sense of common purpose that united Egyptians at the time has given way to conflict that has grown only worse and last month triggered lethal street battles.

The anniversary will once again showcase the divide between the Islamists and their secular opponents. The Brotherhood has decided against mobilising in the street for the occasion, a decision that could reduce the likelihood of confrontation.

Mursi, in a speech marking the Prophet Mohammad's birthday, called on Egyptians to mark the anniversary "in a civilised, peaceful way that safeguards our nation, our institutions, our lives".

"The Brotherhood is very concerned about escalation, that's why they have tried to dial down their role on January 25," said Shadi Hamid director of research at the Brookings Doha Center.

"There may very well be the kinds of clashes that we've seen before, but I don't see anything major happening that is going to fundamentally change the political situation," he said.

 

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Analysis: The Greening of Egypt

Analysis: The Greening of Egypt | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Will the opposition allow the country to turn the color of Islam?

There is no longer a parliamentary opposition in Egypt.

With the new, controversial constitution, President Mohamed Morsi has full executive powers; he names the prime minister, the judges of the Supreme Court and the heads of all public institutions.

With the dissolution of the lower house of the parliament, he has entrusted, until the next parliamentary elections, the legislative powers he had taken over to the upper house – where the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafists hold 85 percent of the seats.

Only the judiciary retains a measure of independence, and even that is threatened by several dispositions of the new constitution.

Morsi is now making an allout effort to appoint members of the Brotherhood and their supporters to every available position, in spite of the spirited resistance of the judiciary, media and Interior Ministry, where there is a long-standing tradition of opposition to the Brotherhood.

Parliamentary elections that were to be held two months after the constitutional referendum, in February, have been postponed without explanation and are now scheduled for an unspecified date in April. It is generally understood that Morsi wants to ensure that he has everything sewed up tight and can confidently expect victory for his Freedom and Justice party.

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Deprived of parliamentary influence, opposition forces are taking to the streets and demonstrating while – in a major surprise – staying relatively united under the banner of the National Salvation Front.

Far from giving up after the constitution was approved, the Front is still demanding the drafting of a new and fair constitution.

The three main non- Islamic opposition forces – the Left, liberals and Nasserists – are even considering setting up a unified list to try to defeat the Freedom and Justice Party.

They are, however, under no illusions: the Brotherhood is going to use every ounce of its considerable influence. This includes some spectacular violations of the law as seen in the referendum vote, in which Copt voters were prevented from reaching polling stations by roadblocks set up around their villages.

The National Salvation Front clarified its position in a January 6 communiqué: All steps leading to the drafting of the constitution and the referendum are tainted. This includes the composition of the constituent assembly, the hurried drafting of a constitution that does not express the will of the people, a flawed referendum rife with fraud, threats and terror, the intervention in the judiciary process and the use of force.

Battle lines have been drawn between Islamists attempting to take over every single lever of power and a secular opposition which so far has no part whatsoever in the running of the country and can only express itself through street demonstrations and press communiqués.

The Front is asking its supporters to maintain pressure on the regime through sit-ins in Tahrir Square and near the presidential palace, while avoiding violence. The opposition is pinning its hopes on the mass rally it is calling for the second anniversary of the start of the revolution – set to happen this Friday. It is also threatening not to take part in parliamentary elections unless suitable guarantees are given concerning their fairness and transparency. This includes 10 essential conditions such as interdiction of political campaigning inside mosques, as well as the establishment of a new government acceptable to all through a balanced electoral process.

The Brotherhood is not responding and there has been no dialogue between its regime and the opposition.(...)

 

Much now depends on the scope of Friday’s demonstration.

Will the National Salvation Front be able to muster enough popular support to show that it is a force to be reckoned with? Or will the opposition lose heart and let itself be steamrolled by a triumphant Brotherhood, poised to paint the country in the green of Islam?



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Opposition leader aims to break Islamist dominance

Opposition leader aims to break Islamist dominance | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
A coalition of Egyptian opposition groups is forging a common electoral platform as it seeks to capitalize on setbacks for Islamists who have dominated the country's politics since its Arab Spring uprising.
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Hamdeen Sabbahi, a firebrand politician who ran for president last year, told Reuters the opposition National Salvation Front coalition could win a parliamentary majority in April if it rises above differences that split its ranks in past elections.

The well-organized Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamists could take most seats in the vote, but liberals and other opponents look likely to pose a much bigger challenge this time.

They could be aided by growing frustration at the failure of President Mohamed Morsy and his Muslim Brotherhood allies to steady an economy hammered by two years of turmoil since autocratic leader Hosni Mubarak was ousted almost two years ago.

"The front will set aside its differences now in favor of the national goal it is heading for," Sabbahi said in an interview at the headquarters of his Popular Current movement in Cairo. "Our goal is to prevent one group's hegemony in the Parliament, the government and the presidency."

Islamists won about 70 percent of seats in a parliamentary election last year, but the assembly was dissolved by court order months later because the electoral rules were deemed to be unconstitutional.

"If the elections are honest and we run with good management, which is what we expect, we will get more than 50 percent of seats," said Sabbahi, 58.

Sabbahi said the NSF, whose membership ranges from unabashed socialists to nationalists and economic liberals, was forging a common economic platform focused on principles of social justice that united those disparate ideologies.

Sabbahi came third in the presidential race last year, which Morsy went on to win. Analysts said liberals or others would have done better had they agreed on a single candidate.

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In Egypt, coalition of groups opposed to Islamists is fracturing

Egypt’s disparate opposition groups remain so divided that analysts and activists say they risk losing the last major decision-making body in the country to Islamists when the country votes in upcoming parliamentary elections.


Hostility to the country’s new Islamist-backed constitution drew thousands of protesters into the streets last month and degraded the Muslim Brotherhood’s credibility nationwide, a trend that the opposition claimed was reflected in a smaller majority in a national referendum on the document, compared to previous votes that the Islamists had rallied around. The crisis bolstered opposition optimism that they had been left with a prime opportunity to upset a string of Islamist electoral victories over the past year, politicians and analysts said.

An unlikely alliance of liberals, leftists, secularists and old regime loyalists had pledged to run as a single party in the parliamentary election, expected in April, to maximize their chances at the polls.

But petty infighting, ideological differences and disorganization in the ranks have rendered the chances of unity at the ballot box increasingly unlikely. The result, analysts say, is likely to be further gains for the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party and the Salafist Nour Party, which together won 72 percent of parliamentary seats last year, in the first national election since the ouster of former president Hosni Mubarak. (...)

Now the factions are splintering over economic policy, as the country’s economic crisis deepens. And they’re bitterly divided over whether members of Mubarak’s old government and now defunct ruling party should be accepted on the ballot.

The Egyptian leftists, who oppose the government’s efforts to secure a $4.8 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund, say they don’t want the liberal capitalists on their electoral ticket. The youth activists don’t want to run alongside old regime “remnants,” like former Arab League chief Amre Moussa who is part of the NSF, but who also served as a popular foreign minister under Mubarak. The liberal Wafd party wants to back out of calls for a single ticket and run on its own list entirely. And still others would rather neglect the vote and focus their efforts on a mass protest planned for the two-year anniversary of Egypt’s revolution this week.

I personally prefer to focus on January 25th because it was proved in this country in the last two years that nothing happens without the mobilization of huge masses of Egyptian citizens,” said Hussein Abdelghani, a spokesman for the National Salvation Front, arguing that previous protests had spurred cabinet reshuffles even though elections had brought the Islamists to power

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Katatni Calls for Greater Participation by Opposition Parties in Ongoing National Dialogue -

Katatni Calls for Greater Participation by Opposition Parties in Ongoing National Dialogue - | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Freedom and Justice Party chief Katatni urges all opposition parties to join national dialogue sessions currently underway and to participate positively in debates of differences over the new national charter.

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Dr. Mohamed Saad Katatni, Chairman of the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), said Egypt was still in the transitional phase, endeavoring to complete the march towards democracy, and to build essential democratic institutions, which include the election of the House of Representatives (lower, legislative house of Egypt’s parliament) in about three months.

During a meeting with Alistair Bart, UK Minister for the Middle East; and James Watt, Britain's Ambassador in Cairo; and their accompanying delegation, the FJP chairman stressed the importance of serious national dialogue to find common ground among the country’s political parties regarding the Electoral Law and articles of the new Constitution still in dispute.

"We are strongly engaged in ongoing national dialogue sessions. We urge greater participation by opposition parties", Katatni said, adding: "We support strong political participation by women and Copts".

Meanwhile, the British Minister Bart expressed gratitude for the warm reception accorded him. The two sides discussed the current political developments in the Egyptian arena and ways to boost bilateral relations.

Further, the British Minister highlighted the importance of political stability and institution-building in Egypt, adding that the FJP, in its capacity as the country’s largest party, has a responsibility to help establish stability and institution-building. (Ikhwan web)

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Opposition : En quête d’unité, par May Atta

Opposition : En quête d’unité, par May Atta | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
En pleine concertation électorale, les partis du Front du Salut National (FSN) présenteront bientôt leurs listes communes pour les législatives. Mais derrière l’unité affichée se cachent de nombreuses dissensions.
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Si le Front se présente comme principal opposant aux islamistes, les différences idéologiques classiques entre les libéraux et les forces de gauche pourraient à terme mener à sa dissolution. L’option de faire deux listes, une libérale et une de gauche, n’est à l’heure actuelle pas encore exclue. Deux autres incertitudes pèsent sur la coalition. Certains des membres de la coalition sont accusés de négocier unilatéralement des alliances avec des partis qui ne font pas partie du Front : ainsi Al-Dostour aurait mené des pourparlers avec l’Egypte forte de l’ex-Frère musulman, Abdel-Moneim Aboul-Foutouh, ce que les deux partis ont nié en bloc. Des enjeux de pouvoir internes plombent aussi cette récente union. Des partis assez forts pour envisager de faire cavalier seul lors des élections, notamment le Wafd, cherchent à placer leurs candidats en tête des listes électorales et à placer le plus grand nombre possible de leurs candidats sur les listes. Les grands perdants seront les petits partis, peu à même de rivaliser avec l’ambition des grands. Un autre point faible de cette alliance est le refus de plusieurs mouvements révolutionnaires, comme le 6 Avril, de s’y associer, à cause de la présence de plusieurs personnalités de l’ancien régime.

Voulant sauver l’unité coûte que coûte, les dirigeants du Front répètent à l’envi que l’objectif premier est d’opposer une forte résistance aux islamistes lors des prochaines élections. A cette fin, ils ont formé un comité des sages regroupant des dirigeants des divers partis ainsi que des personnalités publiques pour régler toute divergence prévisible entre les candidats. Amr Moussa, candidat malheureux à la présidentielle, président du parti de la Conférence et membre du Front, a déclaré : « L’unité du Front est une question de vie ou de mort dans cette période où se dessine le paysage politique du pays ».

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Le FSN appelle à des pressions économiques internationales sur l'Egypte

Le FSN appelle à des pressions économiques internationales sur l'Egypte | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Selon certaines sources, une réunion entre le Front du Salut National (FSN), (représenté par Mohamed el Baradei (El Dostour), Hamdein Sabahi (El Tayar el Sha’abi), Amre Moussa (El Mo’tamar) et El Sayed el Badawi (el Wafd)) et le Président du Parlement Européen Martin Schulz, aura lieu dimanche prochain dans un grand hôtel égyptien.  

 

Cette réunion abordera la situation politique « tendue » entre le FSN et les FM, les célébrations du 2ème anniversaire de la Révolution, les raisons de leur déclinaison de l’invitation faite par Morsi pour un dialogue national, ainsi que l’avenir du processus politique et l’expérience démocratique.

 

Les membres du FSN demanderont également au côté européen de « brandir » la menace de suspendre les aides économiques européennes, afin de limiter toutes aspirations autoritaires du président Morsi et la volonté des FM de dominer et contrôler la scène politique en excluant les autres partis. Cette dérive semblait évidente avec le passage de la Constitution malgré l’absence de consensus national

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Erian: Certain Parties Are Actively Working Against Democratization

Erian: Certain Parties Are Actively Working Against Democratization | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

As dark forces work in direct opposition to every step Egypt takes on the path of real democratization, the Muslim Brotherhood’s political arm, the Freedom and Justice Party, trusts in the people and political stability.

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At a news conference with a delegation of the Moroccan Justice and Development Party Tuesday, Dr. Essam El-Erian, Vice-Chairman of the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), affirmed that there are challenges facing the Egyptians at the moment.


"We have a strong economic challenge, as well as a strong challenge in building State institutions. We are confident in the ability of the Egyptian street to overcome the current obstacles. The situation is generally moving towards political stability, especially after the adoption of the Constitution and the completion of the upcoming parliamentary elections."
"Already, the Shura Council (the upper, consultative house of Egypt’s parliament) is a positive partner in the legislative branch, and has several very important laws to debate and pass, including the new election law, which will yield a vital new parliamentary and political reality. Everyone is certain there will be several new political forces." (Ikhwan web)
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"Le peuple veut l'union de l'Opposition aux élections parlementaires"

"Le peuple veut l'union de l'Opposition aux élections parlementaires" | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
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À proposحملة الضغط الشعبي الموجهة إلى أحزاب المعارضة و بنطالبهم فيها بالاتحاد في انتخابات مجلس الشعب 2013 عشان ما يضيعوش اصواتنا و ما يضيعوش مصر!
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