Egypt opposition threatens to boycott parliamentary polls

Last Updated: Saturday, January 26, 2013 - 22:21

Cairo: Egypt`s main opposition coalition, the National Salvation Front (NSF), today said it would boycott upcoming parliamentary elections unless its demand of a "comprehensive solution" to the country`s crisis are met by President Mohammed Morsi.
In a statement released today, the coalition said, "The NSF has decided not to run in the parliamentary elections unless a comprehensive solution is reached."
The NSF condemned the deaths in the clashes in Port Said , holding the president responsible for the excessive violence used by security forces against protesters, demanding that a neutral investigative committee be formed to punish those responsible for the bloodshed.

It also called upon Egyptians to continue their peaceful protests.
The front has demanded the formation of a national salvation government that ensures efficiency and credibility that will implement the demands of the revolution, according to the statement.

The front also demanded the formation of neutral legal committee to amend the "distorted" constitution and to reach a consensus on articles that need to be changed immediately.

It also wants a withdrawal of the "tyrannical" constitutional declaration and sacking of the prosecutor general appointed by Morsi.

The NSF further wants the Muslim Brotherhood group should be subject to the law after being a main element in the country`s administration for almost a year with no legal or legitimate foundation, the statement said.

The coalition stressed that if the "legitimate" demands were not met in the coming days, the front would call on Egyptians to peacefully protest next Friday to topple the "invalid" constitution and to readopt temporarily the 1971 Constitution.

The front further demanded that an early date be set for new presidential elections.


First Published: Saturday, January 26, 2013 - 22:20

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