The Salafist Front withdraws from the National Alliance to Support Legitimacy

Ahram Online , Friday 5 Dec 2014

The front's withdrawal is the latest in a series of others from the alliance over the past year

Salafist Front
A protest by the Salafist Front, Egypt. (Photo: Ahram)

The Salafist Front announced, late Thursday, its withdrawal from the pro-Muslim Brotherhood National Alliance to Support Legitimacy.

In a statement on their official Facebook page, the Salafist Front explained that they prioritise the issue of identity "…that is being overshadowed by what is called consensus.”

The ultraconservative front joined the National Alliance to Support Legitimacy in July 2013 after the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi. The Alliance included a number of Islamic groups and parties, many of which have withdrawn for different reasons over the past year.

In September, Al-Watan Salafist party withdrew from the alliance as the country was "in need of a broader umbrella that comprises all factions unified on the aims of the return of legitimacy and the democratic path" according to the party's statement.

The Salafist Front confirmed, in Thursday's statement, that their work outside the alliance will guarantee more freedom and revolutionary action that is consistent with their visions.

The front had called for a "Muslim Youth Uprising,” Friday 28 November, to protect the Islamic Identity and refuse the policies adopted by the authority.

A dozen leaders of the Salafist Front were arrested on account of those calls, from many governorates.

The so-called identity battle was scheduled one day before the date to announce the verdict in the trial of Hosni Mubarak, which ended in dropping some charges and clearing the former president and his security aides from others.

The verdict was refused by many political forces, who demanded political trials and enforcement of the political treachery law while others called for demonstrations on Friday, 5 December, in rejection to the acquittal.  

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