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Egypt opposition rejects talks on constitution with Constituent Assembly
National Salvation Front says Constituent Assembly was dissolved after constitution was finalised so cannot call for dialogue with opposition, will accept nothing but a fresh draft written by a more representative assembly
Ahram Online, Wednesday 19 Dec 2012
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Secretary of the National Salvation Front Ahmed El-Borai (Photo: Al-Ahram Archives)

Ahmed El-Borai, secretary of the National Salvation Front (NSF), an umbrella organisation of opposition groups, has rejected the Constituent Assembly's invitation for dialogue on the constitution.

In an interview with the Al-Ahram Arabic website on Tuesday, El-Borai questioned the authority of the assembly to call for the meeting because it was "dissolved the moment the constitution draft was finalised."

Earlier on Tuesday, the High Authority of the Constituent Assembly invited NSF leaders for a meeting on Friday to discuss their objections to the draft constitution and how to reach a national consensus.

"If the assembly was aware of our objections from the beginning why did it delay the invitation until the referendum was already being held?" asked El-Borai.

He also questioned what the outcome of the dialogue would be when the referendum is already underway.

The NSF has urged the president to postpone the referendum for two weeks, El-Borai added, asserting that the front would not agree to anything except a new draft constitution written by a more representative assembly.

"The steps taken by the president to overrule judicial independence and make his decisions immune from challenge only make matters harder," said El-Borai, stressing that the front is hoping the president will reconsider his decisions and end the current state of division.

The National Salvation Front is the main opposition coalition formed after the draft constitution was approved by President Morsi on 1 December.

Headed by ElBaradei and former presidential candidates Hamdeen Sabbahi and Amr Moussa, the front has called for a 'No' vote in the referendum.

The front has claimed 66 per cent voted 'No' in the poll's first phase.

However, unofficial results show 56.5 per cent voted 'Yes' in the ten governorates that voted on Saturday.

The remaining 17 governorates will vote on 22 December.





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Mohammed
20-12-2012 06:56pm
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It's amazing how people who can't seem to get their act together, having lost every single election since Mubarak, are making demands. This people are the most undemocratic. It's not that they are anti-Mursi or anti-Muslim Brotherhood- whatever that even means, they are anti-democracy. It's an elite that want to rule the majority of egyptians, taking notes from outsiders and talking to outsiders. If you are such a representative of the people of Egypt then win election.
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lora stultz
20-12-2012 09:52am
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opposition and the jews
This group of ''National Salvation '' is financially supported from abroad [ by the Jews] to be sure that Egypt will be just like the broken Sudan,and they 'll finish the dirty job as usually does the Jew!!!
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sammyb
19-12-2012 07:23pm
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Freedom of speach
After reading Your code conditions, i'm just wondering, if freedom of speech is allowed?
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sammyb
19-12-2012 07:16pm
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Ahmed El-Borai
Mr. El-Borai, I find you to be a level headed man and i wish you luck, you you an uphill battle against the radical Islamist, wish you well.
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Freedom Fighter, Aladdin
19-12-2012 05:26pm
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The proposed charter is a written proof of BH ill-doings. It is not "Allah (SWT) Law" as they falsly call it. Shame on our Islamic scholars for not teaching true Islam and let it to be stolen by habitual criminals and pathological liers.
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John Saudino
19-12-2012 04:12pm
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I am not sure that rejecting dialogue is good tactically. I mean there are some good things in the constitution and it could be a very good constitution if the poison of theocracy is taken out of it. Take away article 2, the two more articles restricting "insulting" people or prophets and it should be ok...so why not sit down and fix the document that exists
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wily pagan
20-12-2012 02:22am
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That's Why They Want a Fresh Constitution
The poison of theocracy and the fact that it was not drafted by consensus and does not protect the rights of the majority of the population (women, Christians, Jews, and non-religious) makes the document illegitimate. Agreeing to dialogue legitimizes the current referendum.
wily pagan
20-12-2012 02:22am
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That's Why They Want a Fresh Constitution
The poison of theocracy and the fact that it was not drafted by consensus and does not protect the rights of the majority of the population (women, Christians, Jews, and non-religious) makes the document illegitimate. Agreeing to dialogue legitimizes the current referendum.
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John Saudino
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I am not sure that rejecting dialogue is good tactically. I mean there are some good things in the constitution and it could be a very good constitution if the poison of theocracy is taken out of it. Take away article 2, the two more articles restricting "insulting" people or prophets and it should be ok...so why not sit down and fix the document that exists
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