5 December 2012

Egypt: Mekki - Presidency Calls for National Dialogue to Prepare Document Achieve Revolution's Objectives

Vice-President Mahmoud Mekki has appealed to all political powers to stick to the Revolution's objectives, pointing out that time is now up for those powers to meet with the President in order to work out a comprehensive document that defines such objectives as well as means to achieve them.

However, Mekki said that lack of confidence at the moment makes it difficult to get the parties concerned to respond positively to his appeal.

In an interview with al-Ahram newspaper published on Tuesday 4/12/2012, Mekki added that all the political powers must reach an agreement on selecting a group of three or five personalities from those who frequented Tahrir Square during the first eighteen days of the January 25th Revolution and did not yet make their own assessment of the ongoing crisis.

The Vice-President said that all of the political powers should sit to one negotiating table in order to help the President to get rid of the so many powers he is holding at the moment.

Meanwhile, Mekki described plans to obstruct judicial supervision of the referendum, scheduled for December 15th as "sinful" saying that he is confident that the referendum will be held under full judicial supervision noting that the Judges' Club recommendations to those effects are non-obligatory.

Mekki warned against dragging judges into political battles noting that funds looted from the Egyptians are being injected now into the pockets of anarchists to create a State of chaos.

As for Sinai the vice-President reaffirmed that Sinai is safe and under control adding that the President is following up the destruction of tunnels and opening of crossings.

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