Anti-coup alliance 'holding on to constitutional legitimacy'

The alliance set two more "foundations" for any dialogue with the military-backed government; retribution for the protesters fallen during the unrest that followed Morsi's ouster and "flexibility" with demands raised by anti-Morsi protesters

Anti-coup alliance 'holding on to constitutional legitimacy'

World Bulletin/News Desk

The National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy, the main support bloc of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, said Sunday it is clinging to the restoration of "constitutional legitimacy."

According to the alliance, the return of the constitutional legitimacy means the reinstatement of the deposed leader, the suspended 2012 constitution and the dissolved parliament.

The alliance also set two more "foundations" for any dialogue with the military-backed government; retribution for the protesters fallen during the unrest that followed Morsi's ouster and "flexibility" with demands raised by anti-Morsi protesters on June 30, including the holding of early presidential elections.

"There is no alternative to legitimacy and the fulfillment of the demands made by millions of people who took the streets over the past three months to call for freedom and dignity and to maintain the gains of the January 25 Revolution," Amr Darrag, a senior leader in the pro-Morsi alliance, told Anadolu Agency.

"Dialogue can be possible under the umbrella of the constitutional legitimacy," he added.

Magdi Salem, another leading figure in the body, confirmed that the alliance would not accept any political solution that does not entail the reactivation of the constitution.

"The alliance's decision is clear from the day one of the military coup; no initiative that does not respect the constitutional legitimacy or the rights of the martyrs is acceptable," Salem, deputy leader of Islamic Party, told AA.

"The alliance seeks a political solution to end the country's turmoil, on the condition that this solution recovers constitutional legitimacy," he added.

The developments came after Mohamed Ali Beshr, a Muslim Brotherhood leader, announced as dead an initiative by prominent intellectual Ahmed Kamal Abul-Magd to resolve Egypt's political crisis.

"The initiative includes biased conditions," Beshr, a former local government minister who served under Morsi, said in statements carried by the Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) website.

The initiative called for the Brotherhood to recognize the new administration and halt media incitement in exchange for suspending a security crackdown to pave the way for talks to resolve the crisis.

Beshr described the terms of the initiative as "unacceptable".

Morsi – Egypt's first freely elected leader – was removed from power by the military following massive demonstrations against his presidency that began on June 30.

The July 3 unconstitutional change of government is described by the ousted president's backers as a "military coup," while supporters of the move call it a military-backed "popular uprising."

Reporting by Islam Tawfik

Last Mod: 20 Ekim 2013, 13:56
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