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Egypt's National Salvation Front sets five demands for President Morsi
Egypt's main opposition grouping will boycott parliamentary elections unless its stated demands are met
Ahram Online, Saturday 26 Jan 2013
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NSF leaders Hamdeen Sabbahi and Mohamed ElBaradei (Photo: AP)

Egypt’s main opposition grouping, the National Salvation Front (NSF), has urged President Mohamed Morsi to respond positively to five demands announced by the group or face mass peaceful protests.

In a statement released Saturday following an emergency meeting by front leaders in Cairo, the NSF said:

1. The NSF mourns the martyrs of the January 25 Revolution’s second wave in Suez, Port Said, Ismailia and all Egyptians squares. We hold the president responsible for the excessive violence used by security forces against protesters, demanding that a neutral investigative committee be formed to punish those responsible for the bloodshed. We further call upon Egyptians to continue their peaceful protests, and condemn all acts of violence.

2. We call for the formation of neutral legal committee to amend the distorted constitution and to reach aconsensus on articles that needs to be changed immediately.

3. We demand the formation of a national salvation government that ensures efficiency and credibility, that will implement the demands of the revolution, particularly social justice after the policy of the president and Cabinet has led to a deterioration in the lives of Egyptians.

4. Halting the tyrannical constitutional declaration concerning its aggression on judicial independence and the sacking of the public prosecutor.

5. The Muslim Brotherhood group should be subject to the law after being a main element in the country’s administration for almost a year with no legal or legitimate foundation.

The NSF stressed that if their “legitimate” demands were not met in the coming days, the front would call on Egyptians to peacefully protest next Friday to topple the “invalid” constitution and to readopt temporarily the 1971 Constitution.

The front further demanded that an early date be set for new presidential elections.

“The NSF has decided not to run in the parliamentary elections unless a comprehensive solution similar to that suggested is reached,” added the statement.





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Rahman
04-02-2013 03:53pm
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Please Organise yourself as Creditable Opposition
Egypt economy and security is deteriorated daily because of protest and anarchy.Protest is not the way forward if you want to offer the Egyptian people as alternative to the present goverment. I cannot see Egypt getting better anytime soon if you go to the street to protest.The salient majority will not tolerate this uncivilised behaviour. Although I didn't want Morsi to be president, he is the first democratically elected whether we like it or not.As such the people must respect he is already democratically elected and start working together to fix the country. We have completely lost faith in the opposition as they are not play a constructive role as an opposition. Todate, I did't see the opposition is offering a creditable alternative party for us to change the goverment as SF are not able to organise yourselves for coming election with focus manifesto. Now that you have you want things your way in undemocratic way. The NSF still has to prove itself that it can make a difference no
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NewEgypt123
29-01-2013 02:03am
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My 5 Demands for the NSF
If the NSF can make demands on the elected government of Egypt, then I will make my 5 demands for them. They are as follows: 1. Stop destroying Egypt. 2. Stop destroying Egypt. 3. Stop destroying Egypt. 4. Stop destroying Egypt. 5. Stop destroying Egypt. How dare they sow the seeds of chaos in the streets? Egypt is in bad enough shape and the NSF has the audacity to pile on the hardships. The government needs to launch a full investigation into who these people are and who they represent because they surely don't represent mainstream Egyptians. What is their motive for sowing chaos?
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deen
27-01-2013 04:35pm
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ill intension
they could not do by vote peoples approve the constitution nearly 2/3 so now these people being minority try to impose their will to majority by violent any civilized person will thing to fix these people if they want democracy
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WARahman
27-01-2013 06:57am
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why set condition?
Why admit defeat before you go election? This an act of loser and desperation. You should organise your salvation front as a legitimate vehicle for next election. As long as you are not following the process of democracy , you will be a loser like a dog who just buck every other day with no focus objective. Can't the SF organise yourself as a democratic alternative and stand for election?
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Freedom Fighter, ALaddin
27-01-2013 04:14am
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Tahya Misr
Egypt in Danger and no to all kinds of dictatorships. We will never allow the extremists to hijack Egypt as they did with merciful Islam.
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abdul rahman
27-01-2013 03:44am
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NSF Win Elections First
NSF and all opposition must put their ideas to the Egyptian people and get elected before behaving like victors. NSF mmust respect the electoral process and be respectable losers in democracy. In the meantime Egypt must protect her citizens from the arson, damages to propery and threats to human life. Criminals must pay for their crimes.
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Deen
27-01-2013 02:20am
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Who do they think they are
THEY. Are a bunch of terrorists. Bring down the constitution and govt under what mandate. Not take part of elections but push their agenda. Terrorists that should be held responsible for their actions
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Progressive Dude
26-01-2013 11:17pm
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Only fools and horses..!
NSF are ignorant and extremely unrealistic, making such depends doesn't only make them politically novice but lack the basics of forming a strong democratic opposition block, worst, they are quite obliviously arrogant or utterly ignorant of the basics of democratic political processes. Had they known any better, they would simply realize that in democracy, the party in power that holds the majority in the street or in the chambers, runs the things, sets the rules of the game and are answerable to the electors...! And they have committed the cardinal sins of politics, resort to clandestine activities and violence when they have realized that they don't have any other alternative strategies and policies.
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Daniella
29-01-2013 12:51am
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first rule of democracy
the first rule of democracy is to protect the minorities, without this there is no democracy. And wow yes how they run the things, look at Egypt are you blind?
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neil
26-01-2013 09:47pm
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an easy path to stability
every 'VIP' has now read and supports the constitution I wrote two years ago, In one week, a 'conference' could go through the articles/sections, understand and approve them, and Egyptians would have the constitution and stability they need.
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Democracia
26-01-2013 06:19pm
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We need honest oppositions
Do we believe that end justify the mean. Killing, burning, stealing etc.…. are not Islamic values. Shame on the oppositions for partnering with the devils to get the big seat that Morsi gained.
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