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Al-Nour Party withdraws from Al-Sisi’s roadmap

The Salafi party's withdrawal comes after Republican Guard clashes left 42 dead

A man grieves at a make shift hospital where victims are being brought following clashes between Egyptian police and Muslim Brotherhood supporters of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi outside the elite Republican Guards base in Cairo early on July 8, 2013.  (AFP Photo)
A man grieves at a make shift hospital where victims are being brought following clashes between Egyptian police and Muslim Brotherhood supporters of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi outside the elite Republican Guards base in Cairo early on July 8, 2013.
(AFP Photo)

The Salafi Al-Nour Party announced early Monday its withdrawal from the roadmap proposed by the armed forces following the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi.

Nader Bakkar, Al-Nour Party spokesman, said the party has decided on an “immediate withdrawal from all negotiation routes as an initial reaction to the Republican Guard massacre.”

Clashes erupted between pro-Morsi protesters sitting-in at the Republican Guard headquarters and army personnel Monday morning leaving at least 51 killed.

“We will not remain silent over this massacre,” Bakkar said on his official twitter account. “We wanted to prevent bloodshed, but here it is being shed in floods.”

Party Chairman Youness Makhyoun announced the party’s full withdrawal from the “so-called roadmap” announced by General Commander of the Armed Forces Abdul Fatah Al-Sisi. He also added the party will no longer interact with interim president Adly Mansour.

The Al-Nour Party has rejected two prime minister nominations so far proposed by the presidency.

On Saturday, they announced their disapproval of the appointment of Al-Dostour Party and National Salvation Front (NSF) leader Mohamed ElBaradei as prime minister.

Party deputy chairman Ashraf Thabet said that the party’s objection to ElBaradei’s appointment had nothing to do with his character. He added that the party believes that the most fitting candidate for this post would be someone with an economic background and without any political affiliations.

On Sunday, the party also announced its disapproval of appointing Ziad Baha Al-Din, economic expert and leading figure of the Egyptian Social Democratic Party, as prime minister and ElBaradei as vice president.

NSF leading figure and Al-Tayar Al-Sha’aby founder Hamdeen Sabahy told Reuters on Monday that an immediate formation of a transitional cabinet is in order. Sabahy said that a “grave political vacuum” surfaced after the Republican Guards clashes, adding that forming a cabinet would help fill in that “vacuum”.

Sabahy criticised the late appointment of a new Prime Minister, adding that the interim presidency cannot wait. The leftist leader blamed the delay on Al-Nour Party. He told Reuters that although he prefers Al-Nour Party’s contribute to the new cabinet, he doesn’t see a reason for them to possess a “veto” power over the choice of prime minister, given they didn’t take part either in the 25 January protests or the 30 June protests.

A presidency spokesman told Reuters Monday morning that the Republican Guard headquarters clashes will not stall the efforts of forming a new cabinet.

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  • Mikael Abdul Bari

    The Egyptian military could not have undertaken this coup without the consent of its patron saint the U.S.A. What I am interested in seeing is if the military coup that deposed democratically elected Egyptian President Muhammad Mursi will, under U.S. law, compel the U.S. Federal government to cut off military and economic aid to Egypt. Under U.S. Federal law, American non-humanitarian aid must be cut off to “the government of any country whose duly elected head of government is deposed by military coup d’état or decree or, after the date of enactment of this Act, a coup d’état or decree in which the military plays a decisive role.” Clearly what the Egyptian military, known by its acronym of S.C.A.F., has done is a coup and if the U.S. government adheres to its own rule of law the billions (over $70 billion since 1948) of U.S. taxpayer dollars that go to Egypt will stop. Last month the Obama administration requested $1.55 billion in total bilateral aid ($1.3 billion in military aid and $250 million in economic assistance) to Egypt. I think that these U.S. taxpayer monies that go to fund S.C.A.F. could be better spent on the needs of U.S. citizens in America. Will the U.S.A. now adhere to its own laws now that “their” people in Egypt have toppled the hated Muslim Brotherhood? Democracy is good, unless the Islamists win!

  • Sadistor Succidoo

    Wow wow wow….Egyptian Army are just like dogs who follow anyone that feed them to be their master – from Nasser Era, Mubarak Era and now they have a foreign master the American Kafir Harbi who feed them with 1.6 billion US yearly!!!! Egyptians and Arabs generally fought each other shouting Allu Akbar – Do Arabs have two ALLAHs? Disgusting race!

    • Ahmed Bata

      the army was carrying out the will of the majority of the electorate. Over 20 million Egyptians were on the street asking then president Morsi to step down. The least he should have done was call for early elections. Instead, he gives a speech in which he threatens the army and those who oppose him. This is direct democracy my disgusted friend.

      • Sadistor Succidoo

        Yes direct democracy – going to the streets and alleys you bring down the current democratically elected government and any new “democratically” elected government in place at your whims and fancies. What democracy?

  • sam enslow

    When will someone start using Islam against the Islamists?

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  • Mahmud Abdullah

    It seems that the Al-Nour Party has been able to realize the intention ( bad) of the coup d’etat plotters. Al-Nour Party must not make any mistake to understand that the military top brass, the secularists and their foreign allies will not tolerate any Islamic force, be it Muslim Brotherhood or Al-Nour or any other Islamic party, and any Islamic-oriented govt. in Egypt. The Al-Nour party must remain aware and vigilant about the divide and rule policy of the perpetrators of coup d’etat.

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