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Egypt's Morsi to reach out to NSF, youth groups: Presidential source

Presidency plans to make fresh overtures – to both opposition National Salvation Front (NSF) and Egypt's politicised youth – in renewed effort to end impasse, presidential source tells Al-Ahram

Ahram Online, Sunday 10 Mar 2013
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President Mohamed Morsi plans to dispatch two of his aides to open talks with the opposition National Salvation Front (NSF) umbrella group and political youth movements in hopes of resolving Egypt's current political impasse, a presidential source told Al-Ahram's Arabic-language news website on Sunday.

According to the source, one presidential aide will be tasked with meeting NSF leaders in an effort to convince the latter to enter 'national dialogue' talks.

The NSF has until now refused to enter into dialogue talks until the presidency meets a raft of preconditions. These include the replacement of the current government, the dismissal of the Morsi-appointed prosecutor-general, and the launch of credible investigations into recent political violence.

Meanwhile, the source added, Morsi plans to send a second aide to meet with a number of political youth movements with the aim of setting a timetable for holding meetings with the presidency.

"The president is adamant about resolving the current national divide," the source asserted.

President Morsi "doesn't mind" appointing a new cabinet, the same source went on, as long as it "enjoys consensus" and receives guarantees from the opposition that the current political situation would stabilise once new ministers were sworn in.

"The president fears that if he replaces the cabinet, the new one, too, will face unreasonable pressures [by the opposition]," the source said.

Meanwhile, ongoing political tensions have thrown Egypt's second post-revolution parliamentary polls – which the NSF has vowed to boycott – into doubt.

Elections were initially slated for 22 April, but it remains unclear if they will be held on schedule. Last Wednesday, an administrative court suspended the presidential decree calling for the polls, based on questions over the constitutionality of recently amended legislation governing parliamentary elections.

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mohammad Sadque
12-03-2013 12:21pm
Mr President ! You Must Install Al Baradei As Prime Minister of Iraq
I think Al Baradei should fix the mess he inflected on tne Iraqi people. Do not let him ruins Egypt. The man breathes negativity.
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11-03-2013 02:51am
Mr President ! You Must Install Al Baradei As Prime Minister
NSF's demands are similar to telling President Morsi to resign or he appoints Al Baradei as Prime Minister. Such calls may be reasonable if it comes from the political party which Mr Morsi belongs to. It will be a great tragedy for Egyptian democracy if the President accedes to such demands. The only solution is to let the Egyptian people decide soonest through early election. The result will show which political party would have the right to govern in addition to the elected President. NSF and opposition must let democracy to progress and as such should not place obstacles in the path of elections. Any person or party may boycott elections meaning they are prepared to respect the outcome. Come on NSF and opposition, grow up quickly.
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11-03-2013 02:35am
Model president is Morsi
This is about being an Islamic ruler. Well done Mr President. Alaah protect and preserve you. It's now for the liberal/athiest/christian/secular leeders the and likes to match up brotherhood president iniatives in order to save ourselves. Thank you Mr president.
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