Egypt's Nour calls for transitional justice, national reconciliation

Ahram Online, Wednesday 23 Oct 2013

Deputy leader of Salafist Nour Party calls on deputy PM to promote justice and reconciliation during post-Morsi transitional period

Talaat Marzouk
Nour Party's deputy leader Talaat Marzouk (Photo: Al-Ahram)

A senior member of Egypt's largest Salafist party has asked interim Deputy Prime Minister Ziad Bahaaeddin to enforce transitional justice.

Talaat Marzouk, the Nour Party's deputy leader in charge of legal affairs, said on Tuesday that he'd told the minister the move would increase popular support for the interim government.

Marzouk also pressed for the creation of a national reconciliation committee that was announced in the transitional roadmap following Mohamed Morsi's popularly-backed ouster by the military in July, Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported.

Egypt is deeply polarised between supporters and opponents of the army's intervention. The Muslim Brotherhood, the group from which Morsi hails, has thus far refused to participate in the transitional roadmap towards fresh presidential elections. The group has organised near-daily protests calling for Morsi's reinstatement, which have led to frequent clashes with security forces and pro-military protesters.

Nour spokesperson Sherif Taha said Marzouk had also objected to a controversial draft protest law. "It would have been better for the government to focus on laws that work on reconciliation between members of society instead of this sensitive kind of law," Taha said.

Among the draft law's most controversial measures is the right given to the interior minister or senior police officials to cancel, postpone or change the location of a protest. The bill also entitles governors to designate "protest-free" areas near state buildings, including presidential palaces.

Nour has already called on interim President Adly Mansour not to issue the draft protest law without first conducting a national dialogue, or at least discussing it with political forces.

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