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Egypt's NSF debating whether to boycott elections: Moussa

The main opposition grouping will announce its decision on whether to take part in April's parliamentary polls on Tuesday

Ahram Online, Monday 25 Feb 2013
Amr Moussa
Egyptian presidential candidate Amr Moussa (Photo: Reuters)
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Egypt's main opposition bloc the National Salvation Front (NSF) will meet on Tuesday evening to decide their official stance on participating in the parliamentary elections due in April, said leading NSF member Amr Moussa.

In an interview with Sky News TV channel, Moussa, the founder of the Conference Party, added that he intends to boycott the elections. However, he believes that if boycotting takes place, it should be collective.

Mohamed ElBaradei, prominent critic of President Mohamed Morsi and founding member the NSF, also called for an election boycott, saying on Saturday that he will not be "part of an act of deception."

Other opposition figures have echoed similar sentiments, including liberal political analyst and former MP Amr Hamzawy who cited "unfair" political, constitutional and legal regulations that "contradict with democracy."

The Egyptian Popular Current, led by Nasserist politician Hamdeen Sabbahi who is also a member of NSF, stated last week it will boycott the coming parliamentary elections, regardless of guarantees, in objection to the current "undemocratic regime."

In a televised interview on Sunday night, President Mohamed Morsi invited Egyptian political parties and movements to a "national dialogue" at the presidential palace on Monday, 25 February, to discuss "guarantees for fair and transparent parliamentary elections," which will be held from 22 April to 24 June.

In his statements, Moussa said that it is essential to propose real guarantees and a clear agenda for serious work, rather than simply conducting meetings.

He added that the NSF are demanding the formulation of a more balanced cabinet, and that the High Constitutional Court (HCC) amend the electoral law to include a number of articles initially proposed by the HCC but not included by the Shura Council in the final draft.

The head of the Egyptian Conference Party also rejected the idea that "the opposition is a weak entity." He said that there is an increasing consensus between the demands of the National Salvation Front and other political parties such as the Salafist Nour Party.

"The opposition should be a real one in a democratic context, and not a cartoon opposition or a product for elections that is not completely integrated," he said.
Moussa also clarified that the NSF did not call for civil disobedience, but said that the widespread campaigns of civil disobedience currently taking place in a number of Egyptian governorates are proof of the government's poor crisis management.

"I don’t think that a responsible ruling entity would lead the country to a revolution of the hungry, even though there are a lot of Egyptians who are afraid of this," he stated.

Protesters began carrying out a campaign of civil disobedience in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura on Sunday, blocking the main roads into the city and the central governorate building.

A civil disobedience campaign has been taking place in the Suez Canal city of Port Said for the last eight days.

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Joe
26-02-2013 08:13am
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The NSF and the protesters in general are clueless and lost so much support from the public. El Baradei and Sabahi are politically immature and the media should not judge all Egyptians as opposition because MOST Egyptians are against the opposition. They can barely scrape together a few thousand into Tahrir these days. It's very sad so many stupid youth lost their lives following Moussa and El Baradei marches into Tahrir only for Moussa and El Baradei and Sabahi etc to leave by the back door back out and leaving them to do all the fighting. Any true leader would be heading any protest and stay to the end. The NSF are filool of the worst kind.
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Sense Of Sanity
25-02-2013 05:27pm
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Show Courage NSF !
Instead of boycotting elections, participate with program which gives NSF seats in parliament - hopefully majority. Then NSF will have ability to amend changes for better tomorrow :)
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Nora
26-02-2013 05:03am
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Courage!!! try to get blood out of a stone, you will have better luck. They only care for themselves, let them be a talk show stars.
abdulrahman
26-02-2013 02:33am
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Egyptians Now Know Who Are The Enemies
NSF and allies should take part in the elections and they will certainly face more severe losses than the previous elections. It is time they realize they are making themselves fools in the eyes of Egyptians and the whole world. I am from a democratic country and am disgusted by al Baradei's words and actions. Being on top of a UN Agency once upon a time does make him a good politician. Stop destroying Egypt. The Egyptian people are not fools. However NSF and allies have not lost everything. By going to the election and presenting themselves as capable political parties they may win the next elections.
antony
25-02-2013 09:20pm
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this is common sense
Somone talking sense.!! hope NSF is listening
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