The Tagammu Party withdrew from negotiations with Egypt’s Vice President Omar Suleiman.
The party decided to withdraw from talks after a committee was formed to amend the constitution through the incumbent president. This, said the party, was against what was previously agreed upon, which was to create a completely independent committee free of any political or judicial figures.
In a statement released early today, the party stated that it was surprised the President was interfering in the work of the committee and deciding who will participate in the negotiations - an indication that the committee will lose its independence.
The party is also displeased that Prime Minster Ahmed Shafik’s has backtracked on an agreement to create a committee to investigate the security upheaval that took place on the “Friday of Anger” on 28 January, allowing the General Prosecutor conduct the investigation instead.
The party’s statement also said that Egypt’s media is still impartial and that there is a direct interference, especially in state media.