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Egypt's Salafist Call, Nour Party calls for early presidential polls
Largest Salafist group demands early presidential elections, although they support Morsi’s legitimacy, and government of technocrats
Ahram Online, Tuesday 2 Jul 2013
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Egypt’s Salafist Call and its political arm, the Nour Party, have called on President Mohamed Morsi to set a date for early presidential elections to avoid “civil war.” 

“Even though we support the legitimacy [of President Morsi], it [Egypt’s interests] should also be taken into consideration … and work on preventing a civil war,” reads their statement, which was released late on Monday.

Deciding to remain neutral, the Salafist Call and Nour Party refrained from joining the 30 June protests demanding the president’s dismissal, and also the counter rallies supporting Morsi’s “legitimacy.”

But after two days of massive protests against Morsi, they endorsed the opposition’s main demand (early presidential elections), and also called for a government of technocrats and a committee for constitutional amendments.

According to the statement, an “unbiased” government of technocrats should be formed to work on solving the problems of the Egyptian people and monitor parliamentary elections.

The Salafist Call had said last June that it recognises Morsi as the elected president who should remain in office for four years, in accordance to the constitution.

However, it also said that it does not, in principle, oppose holding early presidential elections, saying the president alone should make such a decision.

Sixteen people were killed in violence between the embattled president’s supporters and opponents on Sunday in clashes across the nation. 





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abdulrahman
02-07-2013 06:49pm
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The Beginning of Salafist Nour Party's Demise
The Nour party depends on Islamists voters to win seats in election.Their latest stance is tantamount to breaking away from Islamist's struggle. They are not politically wise and have actually begun to bury themselves in Egypt's political grave. The Islamist supporters will withdraw their votes to them and the opposition will not give them the votes. Leaders of Nour Party! Say goodbye to politics in Egypt.
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Al-misry
02-07-2013 12:55pm
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Salafist clowns
Salafist you would have been better of to stick with brothers in Islam. You betrayed yourselves. When you said to stay neutral. Egyptians enemies said you are munaafiquun. Bradei said you believe one Islam with MB and you are the worst.. Because you killed Shias. If rebels wan to spill blood which is yours why you do you scared to protect your blood. It's still open for you to return to Egyptian way of life..
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Mahmoud
02-07-2013 10:36am
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Al munafiqun
Al Munafiqun!!! they receive money from Qatar in order to distroy Egypt!
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