6 April Movement, Revolution Youth Coalition say no alternative to national salvation government

Ahram Online, Saturday 26 Nov 2011

The 6 April Youth Movement and the Revolution Youth Coalition have reiterated their demand for a national salvation government

The 6 April Youth Movement and the Revolution Youth Coalition have reiterated their demand to appoint a national salvation government shortly after newly-appointed Prime Minister Kamal El-Ganzouri offered to cooperate with names nominated by the revolutionaries.

El-Ganzouri said he is willing to form a consultancy council that includes presidential hopefuls Mohamed ElBaradei, Hazem Salah Abou-Ismail and others proposed by Tahrir Square protesters for a national salvation government.

However, the 6 April Movement and the Revolution Youth Coalition said in separate statements that none of them have attended El-Ganzouri’s meeting with some youth, by the end of which his suggestion was made.

Both sides, considered the most renowned revolutionary forces in Egypt, stressed that they would only settle for a national salvation government that would have full authority via a constitutional declaration.

In a press conference Friday, representatives of the youth and revolutionary movements named ElBaradei as the head of a government of national salvation.

Nobel Peace Prize winner and former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, ElBaradei was slated as a candidate for the presidency. Recently, however, he expressed his willingness to serve as head of a transitional government, so long as that government was properly empowered, and was not a mere lackey of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF).

The movements would also like to see two other erstwhile presidential hopefuls take up the job of deputy prime ministers in an ElBaradei-headed cabinet. They are Hamdeen Sabahi, leader of the Nasserist Karama Party, and former member of parliament, and Abdel-Moneim Aboul-Futtouh, a former member of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Two others were proposed as consensus candidates. They are Al-Ahram economics journalist Ahmed El-Naggar, and Judge Ashraf Baroudy.

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