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Egypt Youth Coalition and El-Baradei missing from first National Dialogue

National Dialogue meetings will establish criteria and regularise future meetings, but how useful is that if key players are not invited?

Sherif Tarek , Thursday 31 Mar 2011
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Discussions over the measures and objectives of the National Dialogue are to resume ‎on Sunday, yet obvious key players, such as the Youth Coalition and presidential hopeful, El-Baradei are blaringly absent.

The National Dialogue’s criteria and organisation of future meetings should be finalised by the end ‎of a series of preliminary meetings that will see at least 164 public figures convene on a ‎regular basis until 10 April. ‎

The first meeting was held yesterday and was attended by Arab ‎League Secretary General ‎Amr Moussa, Deputy ‎Prime Minister and chairperson Yehia Al-‎Gamal and Orascom ‎Telecom Executive Chairman Naguib Sawiris, ‎among other ‎dignitaries and ministers. ‎
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The Coalition of the Youth of the Revolution took no part in the session and are expected to explain ‎later in a press conference why they were not in attendance at the pivotal first meeting.‎

Presidential hopeful, Mohamed El-Baradei, was also blaringly absent from the meeting. ‎

Four more meetings are scheduled for Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and the following Sunday.‎

Prime Minister Essam Sharaf addressed the participants, stressing the ‎‎importance of the National Dialogue and the ‎contribution of all participants.‎

‎“The door is open for all patriotic entities that are making the Egyptian dream,” said ‎‎former ‎Minister of Transportation Sharaf, whose statement comes in slight contrast to the fact that various important political movements were not invited.‎

Several figures spoke later to further define the purposes of the National Dialogue.‎

A number of participants later sounded disgruntlement with lack of ‎organisation of the ‎first meeting. ‎

The National Dialogue is meant to facilitate communication between political parties, individuals and the ‎government, allowing a platform through which they can express their perspectives and goals. ‎

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