Egypt's Salafi bloc in call to support new constitution

The sources added that the campaign would be directly supervised by Salafist Call leaders Borhami and Abdel-Monem al-Shahat.

Egypt's Salafi bloc in call to support new constitution

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Salafist Call and its political arm, the Nour Party, will launch a new campaign aimed at promoting Egypt's new draft constitution and urging members of the public to vote "yes" in an upcoming referendum, the party said in a statement late Sunday.

According to the statement, the campaign will kick off with a public rally on Wednesday in the coastal city of Alexandria, which is widely viewed as a Salafist stronghold.

Leading members of the Salafist Call, which brings together a number of Egyptian Salafist groups and figures, are expected to attend Wednesday's rally, including Call leader Yasser Borhami.

The rally will be followed by a series of other activities throughout the country, at which Call and Nour Party leaders will explain articles of the draft constitution to the public, the statement said.

The Nour Party's media department has already printed up thousands of posters encouraging Egypt's registered voters to vote in favor of the draft charter.

The posters, on which the words "Yes to the constitution" are written, also explain why the ultra-conservative party – one member of which sat on the 50-member panel responsible for amending the current draft constitution – gave their endorsement to the document.

The Nour Party's "yes" campaign will focus on the constitutional articles that guarantee Egypt's religious identity and the "gains" of Egypt's January 2011 revolution, which ended the 30-year rule of autocratic ex-president Hosni Mubarak, Nour Party sources said.

The sources added that the campaign would be directly supervised by Salafist Call leaders Borhami and Abdel-Monem al-Shahat.

On Saturday, interim President Adly Mansour called on voters to head to election booths across the country on January 14 and 15 to cast ballots either for or against the draft constitution.

Amending Egypt's 2012 constitution is the first phase of a three-step transitional roadmap imposed by the military following the July 3 ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi.

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