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Islamist parties welcome Morsi's state-of-emergency decision

Salafist Nour Party, Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya say President Morsi's decision was needed to maintain order and protect vital state institutions in Egypt's restive canal cities

Ahram Online , Monday 28 Jan 2013
Nader Bakar
Nader Bakar, spokesman of Al-Nour party (Photo: Reuters)
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The Salafist Nour Party "has its concerns" about President Mohamed Morsi's Sunday night declaration of a state of emergency in Egypt's canal cities, party spokesman Nader Bakkar said in a Monday statement.

However, Bakkar said the party "understands the need for such a decision," adding that "the state of emergency should be used in the narrowest limits against those carrying illegal arms and terrorizing other citizens."

On Sunday, Morsi declared a 30-day state of emergency in Port Said, Suez and Ismailia. The three cities have seen deadly clashes – in which at least 50 people have been killed – since the second anniversary on Friday of Egypt's January 25 Revolution.  

Bakkar went on to commend the president for thanking the police, who, he said, had "succeeded in protecting people's lives and securing the Port Said prison."

Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya also announced its support for Morsi's decision to declare a state of emergency in Egypt's canal cities.

"The decision was necessary to confront violence and random attacks against the citizenry, public institutions and state property," the group said in a Monday statement. The group added that the promotion of chaos by certain groups was "unacceptable."  

Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya's political arm, the Construction and Development Party, also welcomed the president's invitation to opposition forces to enter into a national dialogue.

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28-01-2013 05:02pm
it is ironic, Islamists are less radical than Liberals! !
liberals resort to violence as a mean enforce their views on us. Islamists have matured in politics, and understanding democracy faster than anyone would think. Bakkar is an excellent politician, that carry a lot of trust.
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28-01-2013 08:02pm
Something really ironic...
Dear Nora, something is really ironic: The same Islamists have been the ones shouting out loudest against the emergency law under Mubarak when it was used against them, hahaha... And: Islamists and democracy are as far away from each other as our homeplanet and the Mars. Please I ask you again: Whom do you still want to fool which such statements?

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