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Ahmed Shafiq 'not welcome' in Egypt opposition bloc: NSF leaders

Leaders of opposition National Salvation Front (NSF) dismiss notion of joining forces with Mubarak-era PM Ahmed Shafiq upon latter's anticipated return to Egypt's chaotic political scene

Ahram Online , Tuesday 9 Apr 2013
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Hussein Abdel-Ghani, spokesman for Egypt's National Salvation Front (NSF) opposition umbrella group, denied recent speculation that the NSF planned to merge with Ahmed Shafiq, Mubarak-era minister and presidential runner-up, and the latter's as-yet-unlicensed Egyptian Patriotic Movement Party.

"We will not join forces with a Mubarak-appointed prime minister," Abdel-Ghani said in statements to the ONA news agency. "Besides, we haven't received any offers from anyone to join the NSF anytime soon."

He added that the NSF stood opposed to both remnants of the Mubarak regime and what he describes as "the fascism and dictatorship of the Muslim Brotherhood."

On Monday, Shafiq told Turkish news agency Anadolu that he planned to "soon" return to Egypt, where he intended to throw in his lot with the NSF.

Shafiq has been based in the UAE since he lost to Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi in Egypt's first post-Mubarak presidential poll last summer.

George Ishak, leading NSF member and liberal Constitution Party co-founder, told independent Egyptian daily Al-Watan on Monday that Shafiq was "not welcome" in the NSF.

"I don't expect Shafiq to join the NSF because he's seen as a remnant of the Mubarak regime, and the NSF represents the revolution," Ishak said.

On Tuesday, the supreme committee of Shafiq's Egyptian Patriotic Movement Party issued a statement denouncing the comments by NSF figures, including Ishak and Abdel-Ghani.

'With all due respect to NSF leaders, the refusal of Ahmed Shafiq's offer to unite opposition forces against the Muslim Brotherhood demonstrates enormous political naiveté, and is actually an extension of the Muslim Brotherhood's strategy of excluding large swathes of honourable citizens – just like what happened in Egypt's last parliamentary elections," the Patriotic Movement statement asserted.

The party went on to point out that "many of the NSF's current member-parties already include remnants of the former Mubarak regime." 

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Ramy the Egyptian
09-04-2013 11:51pm
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Why?
Don't make the same mistake as the one during the presidential elections. All the secularist liberals must gather now more than ever to fight the Islamists and put an end to this pathetic phase of "political Islam"! Who cares if the founder of the party served under Mubarak? If you exclude these so-called remnants, then you would be rejecting a whole lot of respectable Egyptian politicians!
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Roslyn
09-04-2013 11:30pm
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Mr Shafik is also Egyptian!
Listen NSF what exactly have you achieved so far? Your not welcoming Shafik back? Well you are not the voice of all Egyptians, I have nothing against your front, but Mr Shafik is a free agent, he is Egyptian just like you, so he doesn't need you to welcome him back. Now there are so many parties, it is like a continual party, so what is the problem with one more party? I have no idea what his policies will be, hope he has some to share with us, something to help Egypt, who happens to need all the help it can get right now particularly with anyone with any political 'experience'!
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Ahmed Kamel
09-04-2013 08:18pm
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If you saw the movie...the picture is like "Dr. Evil".:)
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