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Nour Party 'strongly against' banning religious parties in constitution

Nour Party head Younis Makhioun says proposed constitutional amendment discriminates against Islamists

Ahram Online, Friday 27 Sep 2013
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Younes Makhioun, Head of Nour Party (Photo: Ahram Arabic Gate)
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Head of Egypt's Salafist Nour Party Younis Makhioun said on Friday that his group "strongly objects" to a proposed constitutional amendment banning the formation of political parties on a religious basis.

Makhioun, whose Islamist party has been fighting a battle with the 50-member constitutional committee on several fronts, said that the draft article would "ban Islamists from political practice."  He added that the article was also present in the 2007 constitutional amendments made under ousted president Hosni Mubarak, known for his crackdown on Islamists.

Egypt's temporarily-suspended 2012 constitution, which is currently undergoing amendment, does not contain an article prohibiting the founding of parties on a religious basis.

However, Article Six of the 2012 constitution states that "No political party shall be formed that discriminates on the basis of gender, origin or religion." Makhioun has demanded that this phrasing stay as is, without additional changes.

Makhioun said that the newly-proposed amendment would be implemented "according to political whims" and asked for definitive criteria to distinguish whether a party had a religious basis.

"If a party calls for implementing Islamic sharia as mentioned in the constitution’s second article [as the state's main source of legislation], does this make it a religious party?" he asked.

"It is wrong to place the blame of the Muslim Brotherhood's mistakes on the whole Islamist faction," Makhioun added.

"Their failure in the previous period was not because they adopted an Islamic discourse."

Makhioun deemed the proposed amendment discriminatory, saying that the people are responsible for accepting or rejecting certain parties.

Egypt's 50-member constitutional committee is in the process of amending the 2012 constitution, and it expects to vote on a draft shortly.

The 50-member committee, which started work on 8 September, is expected to produce a final draft of the constitution within 60 days. The amended constitution will be put to a national referendum within 30 days of its completion.

The Nour Party recently replaced its committee representative after its original envoy stormed out of a drafting session following a heated debate on other Islam-related articles in the constitution. 

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Tammy
28-09-2013 08:25pm
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more whining!!
Religion & politics do mix, like oil & water..Have they learned nothing from morsi & the mb idiocy?? I swear all these political islamists do is WHINE & CRY!! Religion has no place in the political arena or in government. If it were any other religions laws, beliefs or rules named in the constitution instead of islam they would make damn sure it was removed!! Go away your whining is starting to get old!! If people wanted to be ruled by a religious government they would have been happy with morsi & the mb. The majority of Egyptians made it quite obvious without any doubt that they DO NOT WANT GOVERNED BY RELIGION! Religion is a personal freedom & choice made by each individual, NOT A GOVERNMENT!
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abdulrahman
01-11-2013 05:26pm
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Democracy
Tammy!! Say what you like. Don't you understand what democracy is about freedom of choice of the people. It is their right to choose who they want to be their government. If it happens that they have chosen a political party which favours Islamic values to be the core of the government, so let us respect it. You cannot impose the views of the minority nor should you impose your political beliefs on others. You don't understand Islam at all and as such don't force Muslims to swallow what you feel is tasty.
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King Deen
28-09-2013 03:07pm
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Good Luck
They dont want to wast 60 days to draft. Do just copy and past from parent Const..., such as US or Israel. ;-)
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medo
27-09-2013 11:18pm
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They always complain!!!
Of course they are unhappy!!!!!!!! But.... who cares??? Ever since people started joining religion and politics it has just created a huge divide in the country... families are being torn apart because of this... so banning political religious parties is a very very good thing!!!
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Aly , the Egyptian
27-09-2013 09:26pm
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The Nation...
YES....YOU HEARD ME RIGHT.....just go away..period. For two years....we saw...we heard. Enough is enough of that stone age behaviour .Religion in MOSQUES.....politics in GOVERNMENT. WHY.? Because politics is dirty...lots of times dishonest..you know what I mean.??????
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abdulrahman
01-11-2013 05:33pm
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Islam Helps Clean Up Politics
You said politics is dirty. That justifies Islamic values to be injected to politics.
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