Al-Nour Salafi Party and the National Salvation Front (NSF) have reached consensus on their vision for resolving the current political crisis. The vision included forming a new government, appointing a new prosecutor general and forming a constitutional amendments committee.
The unified vision was agreed upon on Wednesday after both parties held a meeting at Al-Wafd Party headquarters to discuss the conciliation initiative proposed by Al-Nour Party on Tuesday.
Following the meeting, NSF and Al-Nour held a brief press conference to announce the outcome of the meeting. El-Sayed El-Badawy, head of Al-Wafd Party and leading figure at the NSF, announced the results.
Both parties demanded the formation of a new national coalition government, but they did not provide specific suggestions regarding the prime minister or potential members they want appointed.
They also asserted the importance of appointing a new prosecutor general to replace Tala’at Abdallah, whose appointment was included in President Mohamed Morsy’s constitutional declaration issued on 22 November.
They did not offer specific suggestions as to how the appointment should be made.
Another result of the meeting included demands by both parties to form a committee responsible for amending the controversial articles of the constitution.
El-Badawy also demanded referring the violent incidents that took place during the past days to a judicial investigative committee, asserting that both parties reject violence and support citizens’ rights to peaceful protests.
Younes Makhyoun, head of Al-Nour Party affirmed El-Badawy’s demands, adding that everyone should participate in the state’s decision-making process. “No one political faction can rule the country or take decisions on his own without consulting other political groups.”
Makhyoun said that despite the ideological differences between his party and the NSF, they both share a common vision regarding many issues, adding that he is optimistic about the future.
El-Badawy affirmed that the NSF is not against dialogue, explaining that they held negotiations with Al-Nour Party because their initiative has a clear agenda. “Any dialogue should have a clear agenda.”
On 28 January NSF rejected calls by Morsy to join national dialogue sessions, describing the calls as “insincere”. Mohamed ElBaradei, a leading figure in the NSF who did not attend the meeting with Al-Nour Party, decribed Morsy’s calls as an “unserious show”.
However, on Wednesday, ElBaradei called for an emergency national meeting with Morsy and other political groups.