The April 6 youth movement has declared its support for the Muslim Brotherhood's candidate Mohamed Mursi in the run-off of the country's historic presidential election.
The pro-revolution movement's decision came in light of the Brotherhood's agreement to adopt a national initiative that compels it to appoint eliminated presidential candidates Hamdeen Sabahi and Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh (or someone they nominate) as vice-presidents.
The movement, which played a prominent role in the toppling of former President Hosni Mubarak, said, "our political differences with some of the stances of the Muslim Brotherhood or its political arm, the Freedom and Justice Party, shall not prevent us from uniting against furious attempts to bring the former regime back to life", referring to presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq, who served as Mubarak's last premier and is now competing in the run-off against Mursi.
The movement explained that backing Mursi has become the only alternative after it pushed for the enforcement of the political exclusion law upon the unexpected rise of the former regime's candidate, then called for a pro-revolution presidential council led by Mursi, Sabahi and Aboul Fotouh.
"You all witnessed the fate of the council, as politicians failed to reach consensus over its makeup and function", the movement said.
According to today's statement on April 6's official Facebook page, Mursi has agreed to adopt a national initiative consisted of five pillars:
- Balanced constituent assembly that represents all different factions of society to draft Egypt's new constitution.
- Presidency as an institution that includes Sabahi and Aboul Fotouh (or someone they nominate) as vice-presidents.
- Mursi's resignation from the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party.
- Coalition government of experts that is not headed by the Brotherhood or its political arm.
- Pushing for the retrial of those responsible for the lives lost during the uprising and issuing legislations that pursue the revolution's goals, including minimum and maximum wages, end of military trials and lifting the emergency law.