The Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) has published comments by a prominent member explaining its decision to withdraw from the military junta’s (SCAF) proposed advisory council.
Comments by the FJP’s assistant secretary in Cairo, Amr Zaky, published on the party’s website on Friday, suggest the decision was made after SCAF amended the advisory council’s powers.
According to Zaky, the powers of the council were amended to allow SCAF to infringe upon the powers of the future parliament when appointing the provisional assembly responsible for drafting Egypt’s new constitution. He added that this decision was considered a circumvention of the people’s will by the FJP and thus forced it to withdraw from the council.
The FJP announced on Thursday that it had withdrawn its representatives – FJP Chairman Mohamed Morsi and FJP Secretary-General Mohamed Yassin – from the council, but the party spokesman declined to provide reasons for the abrupt decision. However, the party’s move came several hours after SCAF’s Major General Mukhtar El-Mulla told journalists the ruling junta would have the final say on the constitution.
Mulla hinted that the advisory council would coordinate with the incoming parliament in order to make the provisional assembly, which will draft the constitutional, more representative and limit the impact of Islamist success at the polls.