Pro-Morsi coalition rejects dialogue under Al-Azhar sponsorship

The National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy (NADL) rejects any initiative sponsored by Al-Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed al-Tayeb or which calls for early presidential elections.

Pro-Morsi coalition rejects dialogue under Al-Azhar sponsorship

World Bulletin  / News Desk

A coalition of largely Islamist groups and figures that support ousted president Mohamed Morsi has rejected any dialogue initiative proposed under the sponsorship of Egypt's Al-Azhar aimed at resolving the ongoing political impasse.

The National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy (NADL) rejects any initiative sponsored by Al-Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed al-Tayeb or which calls for early presidential elections, Salah Sultan, a senior member of the Muslim Brotherhood-led coalition, told Anadolu Agency.

Sultan said that the NADL had not yet received any dialogue proposals from Al-Azhar. "We don't know the details of any dialogue that is being prepared," he said.

On Saturday, sources close to al-Tayeb said the Al-Azhar – the highest seat of Islamic learning in the Sunni-Muslim world – would begin contacts on Monday with high-profile figures who had previously floated initiatives aimed at resolving Egypt's political crisis.

According to the sources, al-Tayeb plans to invite these figures to a meeting "soon" with the aim of formulating a unified initiative to break the political deadlock that has engulfed the country since the July 3 ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi.

Several initiatives have already been proposed by various parties and public figures, including Morsi's former prime minister Hisham Qandil, Islamic scholar Mohamed Selim al-Awa and the Strong Egypt party, among others.

Most initiatives stipulate the reinstatement of Egypt's 2012 constitution – which is currently suspended – and the holding of presidential elections within 90 days.

Last Mod: 11 Ağustos 2013, 11:44
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