Activists propose candidates for national salvation government

Ahram Online, Tuesday 22 Nov 2011

Tahrir activists say SCAF should be replaced by a government consisting of all main political currents ranging from Liberals to Salafists

Mohamed ElBaradei
Egyptian presidency candidate Mohamed ElBaradei, the Nobel laureate and former president of the International Atomic Energy Agency (Photo: AP)

Activists from several political currents in Tahrir Square have proposed a national salvation government consisting of presidential candidates Mohamed ElBaradei, Hamdeen Sabbahi, Abdel Moneim Abou El-Fotouh and Hazem Salah Abou-Ismail, in order to represent different political factions and make unified political decisions.

The proposal also includes selecting a judge to serve in the government from Zakaria Abdul Aziz, Mahmoud El-Khodeiry and Ahmed Mekki, who are well respected and known for their integrity.

The April 6 Movement, one of Egypt's most popular movements with political clout, has made similar proposals, calling for a presidential council composed of Mohamed ElBaradei, Abdel Moneim Abou El-Fotouh, Hazem Salah Abou-Ismail,  and judge Zakaria Abdul Aziz.

The movement also left a seat open for a military representative selected by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces. 

With the resignation of Essam Sharaf's government yet to be accepted by the ruling military junta, political forces are suggesting possible councils to replace the government they found inadequate. 

The groups are aiming to please all factions on Egypt's political spectrum by proposing councils that combine candidates from different currents. 

Ahead of a planned million-man demonstration today, many demonstrators say they do not want political platforms at the protest, while others express disapproval at banning political figures. 

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