Dissolving our Nour Party better than bloodshed: Salafist leader

Ahram Online , Sunday 11 May 2014

Salafist Call leader Yasser Borhami says that a violent confrontation with Egypt's authorities is not on the table

Egyptian Salafist Call deputy Yasser Borhami (Photo: Al-Ahram)

Egypt's Islamist Salafist Call movement, the mother-movement of the Salafist Nour Party that garnered the second-largest number of seats in Egypt's 2012 parliamentary elections, said its political party could be dissolved if the only other option was bloodshed.

Speaking at a Nour Party camp in Alexandria on Sunday, the movement's deputy head, prominent Salafist figure Yasser Borhami, said that "confrontation" wasn't an option for the movement and party.

The interest of the country and preaching about Islam is the priority, said Borhami.

He urged his audience to participate in Egypt's upcoming presidential elections – scheduled for 26-27 May – and to urge others to vote as well.

The Nour Party has announced its support of former army chief Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi's presidential hopes. The party and movement supported El-Sisi's move to oust former Muslim Brotherhood president Mohamed Morsi after mass protests against him in June 2013.

The Salafist Call and Nour Party – allies of the Brotherhood during their year in power – were branded traitors by Morsi supporters.

Borhami has repeatedly defended the movement's position and voiced severe criticism of the Brotherhood since their ouster last summer.

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