Egypt's Salafist Call expelled members supporting violence: Borhamy

Ahram Online , Friday 4 Sep 2015

Borhamy also condemned a 'media smear campaign' against his party's leaders

The Salafist Call has expelled all members who have chosen to violently confront Egypt's state or society, said the organisation's vice-president Yasser Al Borhamy on Friday.

"I also condemn the media smear campaign against leaders of the Salafist Call ahead of the parliamentary elections," he added in a press statement.

The Salafist Call, based and established in Alexandria, is Egypt’s largest Salafist organisation whose political arm is the Nour Party, the only potent Islamist party to run for this year's parliamentary elections.

Recently, however, a campaign under the name of ‘no to religious parties' called for the dismantling of all religious parties, including Nour, arguing it is against the constitution. The Ministry of Endowments robustly supports the campaign that was launched months before the coming elections.

Nour had 22 percent of the seats in the 2012 parliament's lower body, the second largest percentage after the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, which was then headed by Egypt's ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

The People's Assembly, the parliamentary lower house, was dissolved after the Supreme Constitutional Court deemed the parliamentary elections had been unconstitutional. The Shura Council, the upper body that assumed legislative authorities following the dismantling of the People's Assembly, was also dissolved in 2013 as part of the roadmap that saw Morsi toppled.

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