Egypt's Salafi party rejects military trials for civilians

Egypt's Nour Party, has rejected a constitution article on military trials for civilians, after it was approved by a 50-member panel on Wednesday. Meanwhile, a head representative of Gamaa Islamiya's political wing has called for a week-long truce.

Egypt's Salafi party rejects military trials for civilians

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Egypt's Salafi-led Nour Party has rejected an article approved by a constitution-amending panel that allows military trials for civilians.

"The new article is no worse than a similar article in the 2012 constitution," Talaat Marzouq, assistant deputy leader for legal affairs, told Anadolu Agency.

On Wednesday, the 50-member panel amending Egypt's constitution approved an article specifying cases of military trials for civilians.

The article allows military trials for civilians involved in attacking army barracks, military facilities, camps, vehicles, military zones and border areas.

The text stipulates that anybody who exposes military secrets or attacks military personnel while on duty should be brought to military courts.

The amendment of Egypt's 2012 constitution is a main component of an army-imposed "roadmap" for political transition following the ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi.

Gamaa Islamiya leader calls for 'week-long truce' in Egypt

A leader of the Construction and Development Party, the political army of Gamaa Islamiya, has called for a "week-long truce" to help prepare for dialogue to resolve Egypt's lingering political crisis.

"We call for a week-long dialogue between all parties," Khalid al-Sherif said in a statement late Thursday.

He said during the proposed period, military-backed authorities should halt arrests and security crackdowns while the National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy, the main support bloc of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, stops demonstrations.

"This will help create a favorable climate for fruitful dialogue between all parties," he said.

Egypt has remained in a state of turmoil since the military establishment deposed elected president Mohamed Morsi in July following mass protests against his presidency.

Supporters of the ousted president have been staging rallies on a daily basis to denounce what they describe as the "military coup" against Morsi and demand his reinstatement.

The call came shortly after the killing of two policemen in attacks and one day after the killing of 11 Egyptian soldiers in a bombing targeting their bus in the Sinai Peninsula.

"Revenge, divisions and polarization are dominating the homeland, which requires from all parties to sit to dialogue," al-Sherif said.

Last Mod: 22 Kasım 2013, 18:12
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