The Salafi Al-Nour Party is claiming that the Muslim Brotherhood has been orchestrating a campaign to slander them, according to Al-Nour spokesman Sharif Taha.
In a statement on the party’s official website, Taha accused the Muslim Brotherhood of waging a campaign of defamation and deceit, intended to spread lies and misinformation about the group. The campaign, said Taha, began before the 30 June Revolution that unseated Muslim Brotherhood member Mohamed Morsi from the presidency.
“The [Muslim Brotherhood] campaign lacks honesty, fairness and clean political competition; it’s basically lies and distortion and slander,” read Taha’s statement.
“It is better if the Muslim Brotherhood starts to look for the reason that led to their miserable failures and learn from their mistakes, instead of blaming others for their own failures and living the role of the victim.”
Nader Bakkar, assistant chief of Al-Nour media affairs, denied political and ideological connections between Al-Nour and the Brotherhood in an interview on the party’s website.
“Al-Nour has played a mediation role in order to save the country, but the Brotherhood’s goal was to get more attention out of this crisis,” said Bakkar.
In recent weeks Al-Nour has made waves in the 50-member assembly tasked with amending the 2012 constitution. The Salafi party has openly criticised article 11, which obliges the state to achieve gender equality and take the necessary measures to ensure women are properly and fairly represented in parliamentary and municipal councils, in a manner consistent with the laws.
Al-Nour has also been a vocal proponent of the so-called “identity articles,” including article 2, which states that the principles of Islamic Sharia are the main source of legislation, and article 219, which details what is meant by the principles of Islamic Sharia.