Abul-Fotouh's party to march against Morsi's decree

Ahram Online, Wednesday 28 Nov 2012

The Strong Egypt Party will march to the presidential palace to press for the implementation of its initiative to resolve the current crisis

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Supporters of Strong Egypt Party during the inauguration of the party on 31 October 2012 (Photo: Mai Shaheen)

The Strong Egypt Party has called for a march to the presidential palace in Heliopolis on Thursday, to voice disapproval of the controversial constitutional declaration issued by President Mohamed Morsi last week, and to press for the implementation of the party's initiative to resolve the crisis caused by the decree.

The centrist party, led by former presidential candidate and former leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood Abdel-Moneim Abul-Fotouh, had earlier introduced its own proposal for a way out of the political crisis caused by the decree, which many political groups have opposed.

The party's initiative comes as several thousand protesters remain in Tahrir Square following Tuesday's mass demonstrations, when hundreds of thousands took to the streets against the constitutional decree.

Strong Egypt had proposed that the president to cancel the decree, with the exception of two articles, one calling for the removal of the prosecutor-general and another calling for the re-opening of investigations regarding crimes committed against peaceful protesters.

The party has stressed that specific regulations concerning the appointment of the prosecutor-general should be drawn up, dictating that the appointee should be nominated by the Supreme Judicial Council, and then approved by the president.

The party is also calling for the restructuring of the interior ministry and an immediate halt to "its oppressive tactics towards protesters."

Finally, the Strong Egypt Party is calling for a national conversation between the president and all political forces regarding the Constituent Assembly and the fate of the constitution.

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