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Abul-Fotouh's Strong Egypt Party to vote no at referendum

Moderate Islamist party launches "no" campaign ahead of Saturday's poll as constitution 'fails revolutionary demands'; Egyptian Current Party to decide position on referendum Tuesday

Ahram Online, Monday 10 Dec 2012
Abdel-Moneim Abul-Fotouh
Former presidential candidate and founder of the Strong Egypt Party, Abdel-Moneim Abul-Fotouh (Photo: Mai Shaheen)
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Former presidential candidate and founder of the Strong Egypt Party, Abdel-Moneim Abul-Fotouh, announced in a statement Monday that the party will call all Egyptians to vote "no" in the upcoming constitutional referendum, following opposition calls to reject the draft national charter.

The moderate Islamist party confirmed that it will launch a "no" campaign, as the current draft constitution does not achieve the demands of the January 25 Revolution. The party also condemned the manner in which the national charter was passed and the way political forces were forced to accept the status quo.

Muslim Brotherhood-offshoot the Egyptian Current Party also issued a statement Monday saying they will confirm their position on the upcoming constitutional polls once their members have conducted an internal vote on Tuesday.

The statement explained that party members will vote on a finalised committee report, which is party-written evaluation of the constitution and whether it the party's ten key demands.

The Monday statement clarified that these points include ensuring the rights of marginalised groups, not putting any restraints on public and private freedoms, achieving social justice for all sections of society, guaranteeing dignity for all Egyptians without discrimination, separation and balance of different state authorities and a proper definition of the specialisations of each state authority.

In addition, the party outlined, they want to ensure that military institutions fall under civil democratic dominance in the constitution and that the national charter grants sovereignty to the people directly through referendums and popular control or indirectly through elected institutions.

The party report will also examine whether the constitution protects civil unity or separates society into different sects.

Finally, the statement says, the constitution should show commitment to agreements and international treaties without compromising on the principles of Egyptian society.

The party noted that they will take into account previous historical experiences in drafting constitutions worldwide and in Egypt when examining the draft national charter.

Earlier on Sunday, opposition coalition the National Salvation Front issued a statement in which it rejected Egypt's scheduled constitutional referendum slated for Saturday, 15 December.

The decree issued on Saturday night by Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi following a round of national dialogue aimed at calming ongoing protests, has done little to change the minds of much of the opposition.


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11-12-2012 09:53am
You need to think everything for the satisfaction of Allah
Mt.AMN.Fotouh, Are u sure u love Islam?Are u sure u love Egypt and Egyptian ?I m confused.You don't see it's long time Egypt without constitution .Now Egypt need just a constitution.When u finish parliament election u can amend constitution any time.If u sincerely believe on Allah and Islam u must need to take decision in favour of Islam not in favour of secularist.What do u think ,if u r in place of Morsi what u will do ?Do u think Amar Musa,Elbaradi And Sabahi they will co-operate u ,give help to establish divine rules.I m not an Egyption and not the supporter of Mosi.But I want to see the Egypt as on normal track.I hope pray to Allah for u to take right decision.
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11-12-2012 07:03am
Wise Decision. This is the democratic way
Wise Decision. This is the democratic way. Campaign for 'No' and not to make violence.
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N Beshay
11-12-2012 04:47am
A man that puts EGYPT first
Congratulation Dr Abu El Fetouh , you proved that you are a man that put Egypt first . mostly that's why the MB refused to support you in the elections as they have diffirent agenda rather than EGYPT FIRST. Congratulation you are gaining a lot of respect from all aspects of the society that understand what is happening now
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