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Salafist Nour Party condemns Egypt constitution ban on religious parties

Ban on religious parties in draft constitution reminiscent of Mubarak's 'fascist dictatorial regime,' Nour Party head Younes Makhioun proclaims

Ahram Online, Thursday 31 Oct 2013
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Younes Makhioun, Head of Nour Party (Photo: Ahram Arabic Gate)
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Younes Makhioun, head of the ultra-conservative Salafist Nour Party, condemned on Thursday the decision by Egypt's constitutional committee to ban the formation of political parties on a religious basis, Al-Ahram's Arabic website reported.

Earlier on Thursday, the 50-member committee tasked with amending the 2012 Islamist-backed constitution announced on Twitter that article 54 of the charter would ban parties founded on a religious basis.

The decision mainly affects the Islamist parties that emerged after the January 2011 popular uprising that ousted long-time autocrat Hosni Mubarak. Those parties, including the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party and the Salafist Nour Party, won sweeping victories in the country's 2011 legislative elections. Former president Mohamed Morsi, ousted in July, himself hailed from the Muslim Brotherhood.

Describing the ban as "exclusionary," Makhioun said it was reminiscent of Mubarak's "fascist dictatorial regime" that prevailed before the 2011 uprising.

"Why do we ban the formation of parties on a religious basis, despite the fact that there are parties who have a socialist, secular or Nasserist background?" Makhioun asked. "Could an article in the constitution that bans parties on those grounds be allowed?"

Makhioun underlined the difficulty of differentiating between a religious and a non-religious party, suggesting that the ban was open to various judicial interpretations that could change with the judge's mood.

The article could also be used by the authorities against parties it wanted to dissolve, Makhioun argued.

Makhioun called for a return to the 2012 constitution's text on this matter, which banned parties built on religious, sexual, or racial discrimination.

While the 2012 constitution was drafted by an Islamist-dominated assembly, the current constitutional committee includes only one Islamist representative, hailing from the Nour Party.

Other Islamist parties, who do not acknowledge the legitimacy of Morsi's ouster, have refused to participate in the committee, calling instead for the former president's reinstatement.

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abdulrahman
01-11-2013 05:08pm
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The Joke Is On Salafist Nour Party
The leaders of this salafist Nour Party are a confused lot. They know the characters of the coup leaders and yet gave the support to them. The party was virtually voiceless in the drafting of the new constitution. Now with the rehabilitated General Farid Tohammy, who called Islamist politicians terrorists,assisting Al Sisi combined with Ahmad Ibrahim, the brutal Minister of Interior, Nour Party has lost its direction. The joke is on Nour Party for whose leaders are being a bunch of spineless Islamists who thought the demise of Brotherhood would result in its political advantage.On the other hand the coup regime is happy to have the salafist as temporary ally until election. The Nour Party leaders will soon find the reality - their political doom after the new election under this illegal regime.
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George Saber
01-11-2013 07:40am
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anti-Islam constitution-it will fail
the 2012 constitution was prepared and superviised by elected people...this constitution is being prepared by unelected people who lost the elections three times. We the people of Egypt will not abide by this cheap unrepresentative and anti-Islam document. It is anti-Islam document because in Egypt today you can have a party based on Communism but not one based on Islam.
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democrat
01-11-2013 11:16am
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question
Name ONE country that is ruled by islamists in which the people have bread for all, human rights, personal freedom and social justice. Name ONE country ruled by islamists that is successful on a diverse economic basis. Name ONE country ruled by islamists in which the opposition is not violently oppressed, jailed and killed. You won´t find even ONE on this planet...
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Hasdan Hanafi
01-11-2013 07:31am
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Muslims will not accept this
The Egyptian constitution allows parties based on atheism and secularism to be function but not patrties based on Islam although the second article of the Constitution says Islam is state religion. Banning Islamic oarty amounts to preventing Muslims from practicing their faith. Secularism is not part of Islam, it is part of Chrisianity. Muslims will not allow this criminal exclusion. They will fight fiercely to end it.
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John
01-11-2013 07:14am
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Stay away
This is a your support results don't worry army will send you to preson very soon. Public of Egyptr putting curse on your party. Future you can not win even one single seat. Future only brotherhood.
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Aly Sadek..Toronto - Canada
01-11-2013 12:19am
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The Nation...
...Makhioun said it was reminiscent of Mubarak's "fascist regime...Well my dear Mr. Mkhioun..religion Polititics are exactly the same...DO IT MY WAY OR bang..Bang..Bang, same concept....MY WAY OR YOU ARE A KAFIR..???? Enough is enough of DICTATORS with different UNIFORMS AND LOOKS.....Just take a look at IRAN..????? Thanks Ya Makhioun Basha.
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