World Bulletin/News Desk
Egypt's Salafist Nour Party on Tuesday said it would shun protests planned for October 6 (Sunday) by both supporters and opponents of ousted President Mohamed Morsi.
"The party decided not to take part in any protests on October 6," party spokesperson Sherif Taha told the Anadolu Agency, referring to the day on which Egypt celebrates the anniversary of its 1973 military victory against Israel.
October 6 is widely considered a day for expressing pride in the Egyptian military. Several pro-Morsi groups, however, have called for using the occasion to stage demonstrations against the July 3 military overthrow of a democratically elected president.
The protest calls have prompted a number of pro-army groups to call for counter-demonstrations, both to celebrate the war anniversary and show support for Egypt's armed forces.
"The Nour Party opposes mobilization and counter-mobilization; that's what will happen on October 6," Taha said.
While having refrained from joining the anti-Morsi protests that began on June 30 and eventually led to Morsi's ouster, Nour was Egypt's only Islamist party to throw its weight behind an army-imposed "roadmap" for post-Morsi transition.
Nour is also the only Islamist group to have a representative on a committee tasked with amending the country's constitution -- a major component of the army-imposed roadmap.Last Mod: 01 Ekim 2013, 22:12