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Egypt draft charter vote 'right move for stability': Salafist leaders
Salafist leaders laud President Morsi's decision to put proposed constitution to vote, warn of economic repercussions if Egypt is left too long without national charter
Ahram Online , Sunday 2 Dec 2012
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Salafist Yasser Borhami (Photo: Reuters)

President Mohamed Morsi's decision to put Egypt's draft constitution before a popular referendum is the "right move for achieving stability in Egypt," Yasser El-Borhamy, deputy head of the Salafist Calling and member of the Constituent Assembly, and Galal Morah, secretary-general of the Salafist Nour Party, told state news agency MENA on Sunday.

Morah explained that Egyptians, weary after almost two years of post-revolution political instability, had "long awaited" the president's decision to put a draft constitution to a popular vote. He went on to urge the Egyptian people to work together to achieve revolutionary goals, which include social justice, freedom and the establishment of functioning state institutions.  

El-Borhamy, for his part, pointed out the "dangers posed to the national economy" if the country was left too long without a national charter. "This transitional period [i.e., the current period in which Egypt has neither a constitution nor a functioning parliament] must end," he said.

El-Borhamy went on to stress that "several months of tremendous effort" had gone into Egypt's draft constitution, which will be put before a nationwide popular referendum on 15 December.

Morsi hailed the proposed national charter after the document was handed over to him by members of the Constituent Assembly (which drafted the new constitution) on Saturday.

The Salafist Nour Party, which won the second largest number of seats in Egypt's now-defunct parliament after the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party, had previously announced its support for Morsi's controversial 22 November decree, which made the president's decisions impervious to challenge by the judiciary.

The party, along with the Salafist Calling and the Muslim Brotherhood, has continued to organise protests in support of Morsi's decision and the draft constitution.





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Modern_Humaniora
03-12-2012 10:53am
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The Big point!
The Salafists in Egypt find in fact a number of articles in the new constitution unacceptable, and yet they approve the draft charter because they put the interests of the nation above their own interests. This is responsible behavior. I believe this stance of policy will save the world from a lot of trouble ahead. This is the Big point! The coming political battles in Egypt have to be fought on by formation of opinion and in the new Parliament ...
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mumby
03-12-2012 04:18am
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fair
He is son of Egypt,not son of Afghan.He has same right to express his view.Some press halt people to critic Liberal in the name of freedom, and alright to critic Islamist.
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Youssef El Nashar
02-12-2012 08:23pm
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Dr. El-Borhamy's wisdom
His views are aligned with main stream Egyptians. We do not trust the opposition. In the recent months Political oppositions have demonstrated that hates the MB more than they like Egypt. They are calling for foreign intervention, civil disobedience, and spreading false information through their nasty media. What is wrong with going back to the voting box??
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