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NSF decides to remain intact

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The National Salvation Front says it has not decided on a presidential candidate to endorse

Egypt's National Salvation Front (NSF) members (LtoR) Hamdeen Sabahi, Amr Moussa, Mohammed ElBaradei and El-Sayed El-Badawi take part in a meeting on 8 June  (AFP Photo)

Egypt’s National Salvation Front (NSF) members (LtoR) Hamdeen Sabahi, Amr Moussa, Mohamed ElBaradei and El-Sayed El-Badawi take part in a meeting on 8 June
(AFP File Photo)

The National Salvation Front (NSF) will remain intact “in order to preserve the democratic process”, the group announced on Sunday evening.

Chairman of Al-Wafd Party Al-Sayed Al-Badawy, in a press conference at the party’s headquarters following a meeting with the coalition’s leaders, said the NSF would “complement its historic role in the pursuit of achieving the objectives of the Egyptian people as demanded in the revolutions of 25 January and 30 June.”

The alliance of political parties that originally formed as an opposition to ousted president Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood will also restructure some of its committees and executive office.

In a television interview on CBC satellite channel following the press conference, the front’s new spokesman Wahid Abdel Meguid said that following Sunday’s meeting, leaders of the group agreed to maintain the work of the NSF to “protect” democracy and human rights. He added that the collective would spend the near future discussing the “balance” between democracy and human rights on one side and the security situation “in the face of terrorism” on the other.

Abdel Meguid added that the NSF had not decided to endorse a presidential candidate, adding that it would wait until candidates have officially nominated themselves and put forth a platform and campaign.

The NSF, which was founded in November 2012 in reaction to Morsi’s controversial constitutional declaration, led calls for protests throughout his presidency against him and the Muslim Brotherhood.

Leading founders of the group include Mohamed ElBaradei, who was general coordinator until he resigned from the position, and Hamdeen Sabahy and Amr Moussa, neither of which were present during Sunday’s meeting.


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