Egypt's National Salvation Front to contest in unified list

National Salvation Front has announced plans to run in the next parliamentary elections through a unified list of candidates.

Egypt's National Salvation Front to contest in unified list

Egypt's National Salvation Front, a coalition of liberal and leftist parties which supported the July 3 military ouster of elected President Mohamed Morsi, has announced plans to run in the next parliamentary elections through a unified list of candidates.

Following a meeting at the Cairo headquarters of the liberal al-Wafd Party on Saturday evening, the front, an alliance originally formed to counterbalance Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood and its Freedom and Justice Party, welcomed electoral coordination with other civilian revolutionary forces for the formation of a major civil electoral alliance.

"The would-be electoral alliance should lay the groundwork for the representation of all forces, provided that there is mutual respect among these forces," the front wrote in a statement following the meeting.

Apart from amending the suspended 2012 constitution and appointing an interim president and an interim government, Egypt's transitional roadmap includes parliamentary elections within nine months. The parliamentary elections will be followed by presidential elections, according to the roadmap imposed by the army following Morsi's ouster.

The front, which includes current head of the constitution-amending committee Amr Moussa and former presidential hopeful Hamdeen Sabahi, had fallen foul of Tamarod movement, a coalition of revolutionary youths who claim to have collected signatures from millions of Egyptians on powers of attorney demanding Morsi to step down before the army deposed him on July 3.

Tamarod, a rising star in Egyptian politics with representatives in the constitution-amending committee, said it might join an electoral alliance with the front on the conditions that it would field 350 candidates in the elections against 150 for the NSF.

Tamarod also wants the candidates of the National Salvation Front, which includes old parties like al-Wafd, one of the earliest parties to form a government in this country in the 1920s, to run in the elections under its own banner, the thing that was categorically refused by the front.

Al-Sayed al-Badawi, the head of al-Wafd Party, on Saturday said that his front is ready to enter into an electoral alliance with Tamarod only when the youth movement presents an official apology for what he called its "snobbish" manner in dealing with the front.

The two movements had earlier locked horns over a proposal by the National Salvation Front to hold the presidential elections prior to the parliamentary elections in disconformity with the roadmap.

The division was more than palpable during Saturday's meeting of the National Salvation Front when front leaders reiterated their rejection of any alliance with the youth movement.

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