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Popular Salafist preacher calls for dismantling Egypt's NSF

Disqualified Salafist presidential candidate Hazem Abu-Ismail accuses opposition National Salvation Front (NSF) of 'sabotaging Egypt's security, stability'

Ahram Online, Wednesday 27 Feb 2013
Founder of Al-Raya party Hazem Salah Abou Ismail (Photo: Reuters)
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Hazem Abu-Ismail, prominent Salafist preacher and founder of the as-yet-unlicensed Raya Party, blasted Egypt's National Salvation Front (NSF) opposition umbrella group on Tuesday, describing it as the "National Destruction Front" and calling for its dismantlement.

"Egypt was blessed with the elimination of tyranny," Abu-Ismail declared at a public rally in the Sharqiya governorate, in reference to the 2011 ouster of former president Hosni Mubarak.

"But today we're at war with conspirators who are manipulating the youth of Egypt," he added.

Abu-Ismail called on the Egyptian public to unite against the NSF and the latter's "attempts to sabotage the security and stability of the country."

The NSF was first formed last November by key opposition figures, including Constitution Party founder Mohamed ElBaradei and Nasserist leader Hamdeen Sabbahi, to oppose President Mohamed Morsi's 22 November decree overriding Egypt's judiciary.

At Tuesday's rally, the Salafist preacher asserted that Egyptian state institutions had been increasingly infiltrated by the US.

"Our struggle is against them [the Americans]," he said. "They have succeeded in setting us against one another, which has brought us back to square one."

Abu-Ismail almost ran in last year's presidential elections, but was eventually disqualified from the race by Egypt's Supreme Electoral Commission following charges that his mother held US citizenship. The popular Salafist preacher, however, has continued to deny the allegations.

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28-02-2013 05:38pm
NSF-stands for ...
NSF (National Salvation Front) was formed with the noble intention of providing salvation to the multitude of problems facing the Egyptian society. Therefore it opposed the exta-ordinary powers assumed by the president. But since them it is opposing every thing- without any concern for its long term implications.It supports "protesters" throwing stones and Maldov cocktail fire-bombs and even destruction of Govt. property. It is gradually becoming NATIONAL SABOTAGE FRONT!!!!! Hope this will not be the case and it will condemm Voilent protests and destruction of Govt property. Best wishes for NSF- N Salvation F.
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27-02-2013 10:28pm
The US "setting us against one another". Cute. I think it is the small goblins living under the floor.
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27-02-2013 06:01pm
So, someone who's mother is now an American, who's sister is also, wants the Egyptians to go against the Americans? I think this man has some deep routed family issues that he needs to deal with! LOL We Egyptians will not be fooled by someone who believe's that PEPSI stands for colecting money for Israel and they goes on TV to say that he didn't say that...(both video's on you tube!) We would be the laughing stock of the world if this man was president.
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