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Egypt's Wasat Party denies political reconciliation initiative

The Wasat Party leader Abu Ela Mady, who was released from detention last week, says that he won't speak to the media at the current time

Ahram Online , Tuesday 18 Aug 2015
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Abu ElA Mady at Wasat Party HQ in Cairo (Photo: Wasat Party official Facebook page)
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Wasat Islamist Party leader Abu Ela Mady is not going to speak to the media following his release on bail last week after two years of detention, the Islamist party announced in an official statement.

The party also denied all the media reports about a possible political initiative proposed by Mady following his release.

"The leader of the party did not propose any political initiatives, nor did he issue any recent political statement since his release as he did not follow the latest political developments in Egypt during his detention," said Al-Wasat Islamist Party in a statement issued on its official Facebook page on Tuesday. 

Since his release last week, several newspapers and websites claimed that Abu Ela proposed a reconciliation initiative between the current regime in Egypt and the pro-Morsi political parties and powers, including the Muslim Brotherhood. 

The day following his release, pending investigations by a court order last week, after nearly two years of detention, Abu Ela Mady had already issued a short statement on his official Facebook page announcing that he would not answer any media question or issue any statement at the current time. 

"I thank God for the blessing of freedom, I also apologise for not to answering media inquiries now because I have not been following the recent political developments in Egypt as I was not allowed to read newspapers in detention," Abu Ela Mady said in the short statement. 

Mady revealed that his family was not allowed to see him for more than two months prior to his release. 

Last Monday, a Giza criminal court ordered Madi’s release after accepting an appeal, which overturned a previous decision to extend his detention pending investigation.

Mady was arrested in July 2013 shortly after Islamist president Mohamed Morsi’s ouster.

He is accused of inciting violence ahead of deadly clashes between pro-Morsi supporters and opponents in the Bein El-Sarayat neighbourhood of Giza that resulted in 23 fatalities.

Following the release of its leader, Wasat Party published photos last week showing Abu Ela Mady visiting the party's headquarters and resuming work. 

The Wasat Party was a once-prominent member of the National Alliance to Support Legitimacy, a coalition that was formed by various Islamist parties and groups that called for – among other things -- the reinstatement of the imprisoned Morsi as president.

Abu Ela Mady is considered one of the most prominent Islamist politicians who have been released recently in Egypt.

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