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Brotherhood party renews call for national consensus govt

Freedom and Justice Party release online demand for national consensus government after slamming Cabinet for failing to ensure country's security and stability

Zeinab El Gundy, Wednesday 22 Feb 2012
Freedom and Justice Party
Supporters of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood 'The Freedom and Justice Party (Photo: reuters)
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The Muslim Brotherhood's political arm, the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), has issued a statement on Wednesday calling for a national consensus government after the failure of interim Prime Minister Kamal El-Ganzouri’s cabinet to restore security and economic stability in Egypt.

The party said in a statement, posted on its website, that it recognises a need for a government that reflects the choices of the people in the last parliamentary elections and helps the people to achieve their desire for change.

In the last few weeks, the media have reported talks between the FJP and other parties, in particular Islamist forces, about the possibility of having a national consensus government. Sources speaking to the media even specified that the distribution of ministries would mainly be between the FJP, the Salafist Nour Party and Al-Gamaaa Al-Islamiya.

The FJP statement discussed the economic situation in Egypt criticising the government plan to borrow from the World Bank. The FJP questioned the government's decision to take funds from the international financial institution when there were other options Egypt could explore before resorting to external borrowing.

This action, the FJP say, "will overload Egypt’s future generations with burdens in which they had no hand in incurring."

The Brotherhood's party also slammed the new National Council of Women (NCW) which was recently reformed by the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces. The FJP had previously suggested replacing the group with the National Council for Families. Last week, leaders of the Brotherhood accused the NCW of breaking family ties and of being a tool of the former regime because it used to be headed by Suzanne Mubarak.

Egypt's ruling military junta has announced on more than one occasion that El-Ganzouri's government will remain in power until the end of the transitional period after a president is elected at the end of June.

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23-02-2012 02:47pm
Enough of blood on the streets of Egypt
Does the El-Ganzouri’s cabinet really has the legitimacy to make international commitments during this short period of time which is supposed to pave the way for transition of power? Shouldn't they [El-Ganzouri’s cabinet] be working hard to pave the way for the representatives elected by the people instead of proceeding as business as usual - it seems? To me it's not believable that once a persident is elected this "strongman" can fix it all. I think this is a pretty naiv perception of reality. And it's huge expectations now in the society of Egypt, and the space for mistakes are, I think, very limited. It's enough of blood on the streets of Egypt this very day - isn't it?
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