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NSF mulls satellite channel, political merger to strengthen position

NSF mulls satellite channel, political merger to strengthen position | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

The National Salvation Front announced Tuesday plans to launch a satellite channel to promote a national boycott of the upcoming elections and promote alternatives to Egypt's political and social unrest.

The NSF also declared its coalition parties are considering a possible merger to present a stronger opposition against the administration during a press conference in Cairo.

On the sidelines of the conference, members defended their decision to boycott upcoming parliamentary elections, saying it proves the polls are not legitimate.

“Boycotting the elections exposes the regime's desire to dominate,” said member Ahmed Saeed.

Amr Moussa said the elections should not be held amid the ongoing turmoil, adding that the violence on the streets reflects the public's anger and frustration.

The NSF also called for the dismissal of Hesham Qandils Cabinet to ensure the integrity of the elections, adding that the government had refused all attempts for national reconciliation as well as ignored recommendations that came out of the national dialogue last week.

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US urges Egypt opposition to take part in election

By BRADLEY KLAPPER
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - The State Department wants Egypt's opposition to reverse its declared boycott of upcoming parliamentary elections.

Spokesman Edgar Vasquez says the U.S. is encouraging all Egyptian parties and potential candidates to compete in the staggered vote, which starts in April. He says the elections offer Egyptians an opportunity to have their voices heard.

The main opposition group, the liberal and secular National Salvation Front, declared Tuesday it would boycott the elections. The announcement is likely to add to Egypt's political instability.

Washington sees the parliamentary votes as an important milestone in Egypt's democratic transition.

Vasquez said Tuesday it was "critical" for Egyptian parties to take part so that Egyptians can select representatives from a broad range of political positions.

(CBS Atlanta)

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L'opposition va boycotter les élections en Egypte

L'opposition va boycotter les élections en Egypte | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

par Yasmine Saleh (Reuters)

Le Front de salut national (FSN), qui réunit les principaux partis d'opposition libéraux et de gauche en Egypte, boycottera les législatives qui débuteront fin avril faute, dit-il, d'une loi électorale qui garantisse un scrutin libre et équitable.

Cette décision a été prise au cours d'une réunion au Caire des responsables du FSN, a déclaré mardi le porte-parole du mouvement, Sameh Achour.

Le Courant populaire, principale formation de gauche et membre du FSN, avait fait part peu auparavant de sa décision de ne pas participer aux élections.

Le parti conduit par l'ancien candidat à la présidentielle Hamdine Sabahy a justifié sa décision par le fait que la loi électorale rédigée par les islamistes au pouvoir lui serait défavorable.

Plusieurs autres mouvements d'opposition, dont le parti libéral Al Dostour (La Constitution) du prix Nobel de la paix Mohamed ElBaradei, un des fondateurs du FSN, avaient aussi déjà annoncé qu'ils ne participeraient pas au scrutin.

Le boycottage des libéraux et de la gauche laisserait le champ libre aux Frères musulmans et aux salafistes, larges vainqueurs du premier scrutin il y a un peu plus d'un an. L'Assemblée du peuple - chambre basse du parlement - a depuis été dissoute par la Cour constitutionnelle. (Le Nouvel Observateur)

 

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Tuesday's papers: To boycott or not to boycott?

Tuesday's papers: To boycott or not to boycott? | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

The headlines of Tuesdays newspapers continue to express alarm over escalating political polarization.

The liberal Wafd Partys daily writes that the Salafi Nour Party has announced its participation in the upcoming elections for the House of Representatives, formerly the Peoples Assembly, and is ready to join any electoral political alliance, as long as it has an Islamic background.

 

The ultra-conservative party has backed away from its previous stance boycotting the controversial polls because of reservations about the dates.

Bassem al-Zarqa, a member of the partys board, demanded that the government guarantee the transparency of the balloting process, the paper reports.

 

State-owned paper Al-Akhbar says that Islamist party Al-Wasat has decided to compete in Aprils parliamentary polls. The party is reportedly holding initial discussions about running with other Islamist political parties to run together on a single ballot.

On the other hand, the recently-established Al-Sabah newspaper writes that the opposition coalition National Salvation Front will meet today to announce whether to boycott or take part in the polls.

The paper quotes Amr Moussa, head of the Conference Party, as saying that he intends to boycott the elections. However, “If boycotting takes place, it should be collective,” he adds.

On its front-page, privately-owned daily Al-Watan highlights eye-catching quotes from Mohamed ElBaradei, the Dostour Party head, in his latest BBC interview.

The papers headline reads: “ElBaradei calls on the army to interfere” and quotes him as saying, “Holding elections now puts Egypt on a path [toward] chaos.” (...)

 

Privately-owned paper Al-Tahrir writes that the Ultras Ahlawy have organized a massive march calling for retribution against the police officers on trial for the deaths of at least 72 football fans in February 2012 during the “Port Said Massacre.” (...)

 

Freedom and Justice, the mouthpiece of the Muslim Brotherhoods political arm, dedicates the upper half of its front page to President Mohamed Morsys interview aired after midnight in the early hours Monday.(...)

 

In a two-page spread, Al-Wafd paper provides an in-depth analysis of the presidents interview by a number of politicians, who claim that Morsy did not offer a drastic solution for the current political deadlock.

 

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Protest group to boycott Egypt parliamentary vote

Protest group to boycott Egypt parliamentary vote | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

A major grass roots movement has said it will not participate in Egypt’s forthcoming parliamentary polls to protest against the policy of President Mohammad Mursi.

“We will not field any candidate in the coming parliamentary elections and will not support a regime that has turned against the objectives of the January (2011) revolution,” the Popular Current Movement said in a statement late Tuesday following a crisis meeting.

The group, led by former presidential contender Hamdeen Sabahi, decided against quitting the main opposition bloc, the National Salvation Front.

 

The bloc, an umbrella grouping of leftists and liberals, has hinted it may boycott the polls unless it gets guarantees for fair and free elections, including the replacement of the Islamist-backed government and international monitoring of the balloting.

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Transparency fears: Egypt opposition boycotts Brotherhood’s elections

Transparency fears: Egypt opposition boycotts Brotherhood’s elections | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
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Egypt's main opposition coalition, the National Salvation Front, said Tuesday it will boycott upcoming parliamentary elections due to a lack of guarantees of a transparent process.

"The decision of the Front, unanimously, is to boycott the elections," NSF member Sameh Ashour told a news conference in Cairo after a meeting of the alliance grouping mainly liberals and leftists.

Ashour said the decision had come after its demands, including the formation of a new government "to save the country", had been ignored.

"There can be no elections without a law that guarantees the transparency of the electoral process... without a real independence of the judiciary," Ashour said as opposition activists broke out into chants against President Mohamed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood.

Officials in the opposition alliance had been locked in heated debate in recent weeks over whether or not to take part in the staggered elections, members said. (Midle East Online)

 

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Is Boycotting the Solution? by Farid Zahran

Is Boycotting the Solution? by Farid Zahran | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

There currently exists within Egypt’s democratic forces a raging debate as to whether or not to take part in the upcoming parliamentary elections. Those who advocate for boycotting the elections do so for a number of reasons, many of which are based on the assumption that it will only be a matter of time before the Muslim Brotherhood is overthrown in a wave of protest, similar to that which led to the dismantling of SCAF.

Unfortunately there exists very little evidence to back up these claims, which are often presented as fact. Many from within this camp have called on the army to avoid taking any measures to help stabilise the country, as a way of exacerbating this process and expediting the Brotherhood’s eventual descent from power.

According to these people, it goes without saying that the last thing that should be done by the opposition, is participate in the country’s upcoming parliamentary elections.

Other justifications for the boycott include the lack of guarantees made to ensure free and fair of elections, a factor which will inevitably lead to their rigging. However this ignores guarantees that have already been made regarding the presence of local and international monitors at polling stations.

But perhaps one of the most widespread justifications for boycotting the elections is the notion that participating in them will grant legitimacy to the Muslim Brotherhood and their recently passed constitution; this is simply not true! (...)

 

The option of boycotting the elections should be kept available if necessary guarantees are not made to ensure the free and fair nature of elections, but we should not be tempted to do so merely out of frustration and rage. Again, not to put myself in the position of counsellor, but despite all that we went through, the generation of the seventies, despite rampant imprisonment and limits placed on our existence, I was eventually able to participate in the Popular Committee to support the 2002 Palestinian Intifada, and of course take part in the 25 January revolution.

Our struggle to build a new, democratic Egypt, founded upon social justice, will be a long process that requires that we persevere and remain patient. I hope that the youth will be able to organise their ranks and succeed in their struggle, and that we, the generation of the seventies, will be there to them do so. I hope that you, the youth, will benefit from our experience, and continue to engage us in dialogue even if we at times disagree.

 

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NSF to boycott parliamentary elections

NSF to boycott parliamentary elections | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

The National Salvation Front decided unanimously to boycott the upcoming parliamentary elections, scheduled to begin on 22 April.

Front spokesperson Sameh Ashour said in a press conference Tuesday afternoon at Wafd Party headquarters that the call for elections was “unconstitutional,” and that there are no guarantees the elections will be fair.

“We rejected the attempt to dominate the constitution-writing process through an unrepresentative constituent assembly. We resisted putting the draft to referendum before there was dialogue and discussion on it and we refuse to be used by a regime that usurps authority and seizes power,” Ashour said.

“On Morsy's call for a dialogue that guarantees a fair election, what guarantees are we talking about if you refuse to form a neutral cabinet to implement these guarantees? What guarantees are there with murders taking place at Ettehadiya Palace and Port Said, and the evidence being concealed? How can we trust talk about the integrity of the elections if the state is determined to seize power ... without a true partnership and recognition that Egypt is greater than any one political force?" Ashour asked at the press conference.

The Popular Current headed by former presidential hopeful Hamdeen Sabbahi announced earlier Tuesday its decision to boycott the polls as well as the national dialogue Morsy headed Tuesday.

Popular Current spokesperson Heba Yassin said the movement decided to boycott both in protest over the recently approved elections law governing the parliamentary elections.

Yassin added the movement rejects Morsy’s policies because they lead to bloodshed and political conflict.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm (Egypt independent)

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Tagamoa Party to boycott parliament election

Tagamoa Party to boycott parliament election | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
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Tagamoa Party announced on Sunday that it will boycott the upcoming parliamentary election called by President Mohamed Mursi on Thursday. 

The four-stage election will begin on Monday, April 22, ending in late June, paving the way for the new House of Representatives to convene for the first time on Saturday, July 6. 

In a statement on Sunday, the party called on all national and democratic forces to boycott the election along with voters. 

The party said that it will ask leaders of the National Salvation Front, Egypt’s main opposition coalition, to adopt the boycott stance, stressing on their commitment to any decision made by the Front.

The party criticized what it described as “the persistence of the (Muslim Brotherhood’s) guidance office and its representative in the federal palace (President Mohamed Mursi) to challenge all popular demands to implement serious conditions to guarantee the transparency of the election.”

The party accused the Brotherhood of deliberately blocking any possibility of international supervision by rushing through announcing the election's schedule, pointing that international supervision requires presenting a request three months prior to vote. 

 

This content is from :Aswat Masriya  
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