The Al-Watan Party proposed a new initiative on Wednesday in an attempt to solve the current economic and political crisis in Egypt. The Salafi party put forward a 13-point plan called “The Charter of Honour and National Responsibility”.
In a statement the party outlined the plan and the different elements of the crisis in Egypt, both economic and political. Al-Watan recommended that the initiative be implemented by whichever party or bloc wins the upcoming parliamentary elections.
The plan provides 13 recommendations for the new government which include achieving reconciliation between political parties, the establishment of an economic development committee, inclusive governance, social justice, education reform, equality and youth employment.
The plan places great importance on working to solve the economic crisis through international investment and increasing employment, especially amongst the Egyptian youth.
The statement said that matters such as “political differences and the dismissal of the prosecutor general or changing one or more of articles of the constitution” are not the main concerns of the average Egyptian”.
“Al-Watan believes the ordinary Egyptian is more concerned with “improving their living conditions and achieving the national dream … [of] a better future for themselves and their children.”
The party blames the current crisis on the length of the transition period, violent protests, inaction on economic issues, alienation of the Egyptian youth, and the lack of trust between political groups. In addition the party believes that the “intervention of internal and external elements to create chaos in the streets of Egypt do not aim to achieve change… it aims to sabotage the economy”.
Al-Watan announced a meeting to be held on 23 March to discuss the economic situation and for the signing of the charter. The invitation has been extended to “all political forces, national leaders, the Shura Council, former presidential candidates, the media, former heads of government and economic institutions”.