Egypt's Islamists to protest at UN headquarters against Foreign Minister

Ahram Online, Sunday 22 Sep 2013

The National Alliance to Support Legitimacy says it rejects Egypt's Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy as representative of the state

Egypt’s National Alliance to Support Legitimacy called for demonstrations on Tuesday at the United Nations (UN) headquarters to protest Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy's role as “representative of the state.”

Fahmy left Cairo for New York on Saturday, heading the Egyptian delegation that will participate in the UN’s 68th General Assembly, which starts on Tuesday. 

“[The alliance] is calling the masses of liberty both inside and outside the country to a rally... as an expression of the Egyptian people's rejection of the coup and whatever institutions resulted from it,” according to their statement on Sunday. 

The alliance, an Islamist coalition established to challenge the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi, which it describes as a “coup,” dubbed demonstrations: “The Coup does not represent Egypt.” 

Since Morsi's ouster the alliance has been staging anti-government demonstrations nationwide. However, turnout has decreased recently, with protesters more commonly taking to the streets within their own neighbourhoods. 

Fahmy was appointed Egypt’s Foreign Minister in the interim government, formed in July following Morsi’s ouster by the army amid mass nationwide protests against his rule.

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Badr Abd El-Aty said on Saturday that Fahmy’s visit to New York is a “golden chance” to “deliver the voice of the Egyptian people to international society.” He also said that Fahmy will explain the “principles and goals of the 30 June uprising [the anti-Morsi protests], defend them and gain political and economic support for it.”

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