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Egypt's secular parties call for united front against military, Brotherhood

Egyptian liberal and Nasserist parties call for "third current" to oppose 'attempts' by both the military council and Islamists to monopolise state power

Ahram Online, Sunday 17 Jun 2012
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Five Egyptian political parties have jointly called for the establishment of a pro-civil-state political force to stand against "repression" by the military and Islamist groups.

In a statement released Sunday, the parties said attempts by the ruling military council to rehabilitate the regime of ousted president Hosni Mubarak is "state despotism."

They also condemned what they said were plans by Islamists, including the Muslim Brotherhood, to establish a religious dictatorship through the control of state institutions and by excluding other political factions from power.

The statement was signed by the Free Egyptians Party, the Egyptian Social Democratic Party, the Egypt Freedom Party - three parties established after the 2011 uprising - as well as the older Democratic Front Party and Nasserist Karama Party.

The parties criticised last week's decision by the justice ministry to grant military police the power to arrest civilians, as well as the High Constitutional Court's decision to dissolve parliament.

The parties said the decisions were politically motivated and their timing suspicious because they had provoked a political crisis just days before the presidential election runoff.  

The statement's signatories said efforts should be focused on building a national consensus based on respecting judicial verdicts and election results, whilst upholding the right of peaceful protest at all times.

Hosni Mubarak was toppled from power by a popular uprising in early 2011. He was recently convicted of failing to stop the killing of protesters during the uprising that toppled him.

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Ed
17-06-2012 08:30pm
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the secularists will not suceed in an Islamic state
Stupid article: why is it wrong to have an Islamic democracy in Egypt as long a majority of the people of Egypt is in favor of such a state???? There is a Jewish democrcy, Christian democeacies and Hindu democracy. Why can't Egypt have an Islamic democracy as long the people of Egypt want such a democracy? Are the secularists tyrannical?
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Dan
18-06-2012 01:05am
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Religious Democracy?
What is religious democracy? That is an oxymoron.
man
17-06-2012 11:56pm
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no hindu democracy. check facts please before writing.
there is no hindu democracy in india, ruled by a non religious secular coalition. 80% hindu majority in india prefers secular leadership at national level.
Sami Amin
17-06-2012 10:35pm
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The secular parties are both anti-Islam and anti-democracy
Unfortunately. you are correct.
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Alfred
17-06-2012 08:18pm
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The secularists believe in secularism, not in democracy
The secularists are childish. They don't understad democracy. They seem to lose sight of the fact that while the Ikhwan rely on the power of ballot boxes, the military depens on the guns. Isn't there a difference? Besides, the Ikhwan have the right to be elected like anyone else. The failure and dismal performance of the communists and Nasserists is not their problem. The people of Egypt simply want the Ikhwan to be in the fore, nomatter how many times elections are falsified and declared unconstitutional by the undemocratic enemies of the Isloamists.
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