Protest and pretrial detention laws on our agenda: Al-Nour Party

Mahmoud Mostafa
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The chamber of political parties’ affairs at the High Administrative Court ruled its lack of jurisdiction in the lawsuit filed to dissolve the Salafist Al-Nour Party. (AFP/file Photo)


Al-Nour party’s leader Tala’at Marzouk revealed that the much disputed protest and pretrial detention laws will be on the party’s legislative agenda in the upcoming parliament.

The Salafist party head’s assistant for legal affairs told Daily News Egypt on Sunday that “revising freedoms-restricting laws, including the protest law and pre-trial detention law, is on the party’s agenda”.

However, Marzouk added that it is still early to tell how the party will vote on those laws, including hundreds of pending laws and presidential decrees passed since former interim president Adly Mansour announced a constitutional declaration in July 2013, within 15 days of the parliament’s assembly.

“It is not clear yet how the parliament will vote on those legislations and there is a debate between jurists on the manner in which the legislations will be tackled,” he said.

The party is the only Islamist political force taking part in parliamentary elections that will kick off on 17 October. Al-Nour was in Egypt’s last parliament, and led the Islamist Bloc alliance which held 123 seats (27.8% of seats).

Another party head’s assistant, Ahmed Khairallah, claimed Saturday that the party has the “largest” voter base in governorates, state-run Al-Ahram newspaper reported. Khairallah also claimed that if the party pulled out, the electoral process will fail.


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