Egypt's Salvation Front calls for revolutionaries in cabinet

Ahram Online , Thursday 11 Jul 2013

Coalition of leftists and liberals also criticises Salafist Nour Party for vetoing appointments of Mohamed ElBaradei and Ziad Bahaaeddin as interim prime minister

File photo: Egyptian reform leader Mohammed El Baradei, center, speaks during a press conference following the meeting of the National Salvation Front, as former Egyptian presidential candidate, Hamdeen Sabahi, left, and former Egyptian Foreign Minister and presidential candidate, Amr Moussa, right, listen in Cairo (Photo: AP)

The National Salvation Front (NSF) has called for Egypt's new cabinet to include credible revolutionary figures.

"The new government must include figures from the January 25 Revolution who are also known for their credible support of the revolution since it took place," the NSF - Egypt's largest coalition of liberal and leftist groups – said in a statement on Thursday.

A single party should not have veto power over decisions or appointments, the NSF said in a clear reference to the Salafist Nour Party which blocked the appointments of the NSF's Mohamed ElBaradei and the Egyptian Social Democratic Party's Ziad Bahaaeddin as interim prime minister.

The Nour Party said it rejected the two prominent figures because they are affiliated to parties and the prime minister at this time should be independent.

The NSF also demanded amendments to the constitutional declaration issued by interim president Adly Mansour.

"Several amendments must be introduced to the recently released constitutional declaration, because it was released without consultation with the NSF and other political forces or youth groups."

The declaration includes articles that are not acceptable, some that need to amended, and other that need to be added, the NSF said.

"We have conveyed our proposals to the President of the Republic," it added.

It called on the authorities to activate the judicial committee formed by the interim president to investigate Monday's clashes at the Republican Guard headquarters that killed over 50 people, mostly supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi.

The committee must carry out an independent and transparent investigation into what happened, the NSF said.

It also criticised the closure of seven Islamist television channels.

"The closure of any media outlet should be based on a judicial, and not administrative, decision in order to protect public freedoms and to avoid 'exceptional measures' being taken."


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