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Egypt's national reconciliation sessions begin; Brotherhood boycotts

Although boycotted by the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist forces, national reconciliation sessions kicked off today at the presidential palace

Gamal Essam El-Din , Wednesday 24 Jul 2013
Adly Mansour
Egypt's interim President Adly Mansour (Photo: AP)
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Amid political tensions and against a backdrop of calls for mass street protests Friday, representatives of different Egyptian political  forces met Wednesday to begin a national reconciliation dialogue.

The meeting, led by Interim President Adly Mansour, was attended by Vice President Mohamed ElBaradei, representatives of several political forces, the Sunni Islam institute of Al-Azhar, and the Egyptian Coptic Church.

The meeting was boycotted by the Muslim Brotherhood, with its leaders describing it as "illegitimate" and a "coup against democracy." The group said it would continue organising mass protests until Mohamed Morsi, Egypt's deposed president who hails from the Brotherhood, is back in office.

According to presidential sources, invitations for the national reconciliation sessions were directed to most secular forces, on top of which the National Salavation Front (NSF) which spearheaded the 30 June Revolution against the regime of Morsi.

Invitations were also directed to El-Nour and Al-Watan parties, two ultraconservative Salafist political currents which were once allies of the Muslim Brotherhood.

A number of intellectual figures, such as high-profile novelist Bahaa Taher, also said they received invitations. On the list of participants are representatives of Arab tribes, unionists, and secular members of the dissolved Shura Council.

Presidential spokesman Ahmed El-Muslimani said at a press conference Wednesday that "representatives of the military or the judiciary are not part of the national reconciliation dialogue sessions." "These two national institutions are above any conflicts and are not in emnity with any forces," said El-Muslimani.

Asked about the negative impact of the Muslim Brotherhood's boycott of the dialogue sessions, El-Muslimani said the prime objective of was to reach a unified stand among political forces on a roadmap to full democratic rule.

Vice President El-Baradei told the opening session that all participants must undertake to respect the law, not issue threats against the country's security, or have a hand in terrorising citizens. "While reconciliation sessions are keen not to exclude any forces from the political arena, they also aim to achieve stability and democracy," El-Baradie said.

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An oversease observer
25-07-2013 09:26pm
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Too far to be called as democratic style of functioning
A mockery of democracy can be found in what has been going on in Egypt. People's elected president is out and army selected president the then Chief Justice who shall be out of such political post is in. When a powerful judge himself become a party of turmoil how can justice be delivered to those who might disagree. The call of protest by the Army chief itself shows political style of functioning which shall not be the case for an armed forces. These actions might have some temporary gain but in long run it would do nothing but harm the credentials of military as an institution and start a new precident.
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farag mahrouky
25-07-2013 10:06am
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What reconciliation you are talking about
I do believe that This is part two of this silly movie that the army is producing. When we talk a bout reconciliation it is supposed to gather all rival factions not only the ones who aready in conciliation. I could not imagine how far we try to deceive ourselves and also the simple Egyptian People. Please stop this ugly senario.
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