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Nour Party leader: We will not go to the street if Shafiq is elected

Emad Abdel Ghafur, the leader of the Salafist group, says that his movement will work with the upcoming president, even if he is non-Islamist - a nod towards Ahmed Shafiq

Ahram Online , Saturday 26 May 2012
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Emad Abdel Ghafur, the leader of the Salafist Nour Party, declared in press statements to Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper Saturday that he refuses the threats of some to take to the streets if Ahmed Shafiq, former prime minister under ousted president Hosni Mubarak, is elected to Egypt's top post.

"We can't accept the elections in the beginning and not accept the elections' results in the end," Abdel Ghafur told to the pan-Arab newspaper, adding that violations that took place in this week's presidential elections are nothing compared to the violations seen during elections under Mubarak.

Abdel Ghafur revealed that the role of the Advisory Council that aided SCAF in the past few months will end and that the council will be disbanded as soon as a new president is elected. "The Nour Party will cooperate with the upcoming president, even if he is non-Islamist," Abdel Ghafur said.

Abdel Ghafur added that SCAF will partially hand over power in June, but that a complete hand over would take time.

Abdel Ghafur said his party would choose which candidate to support in second-round voting 16-17 June, but noted that the party will prefer the Islamist candidate.

El-Nour Party endorsed presidential candidate Abdel Moneim Abul-Fotouh in the first round of the presidential elections. Freedom and Justice Party candidate Mohamed Morsi is considered the only Islamist candidate still in the presidential race.

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