21 December 2012

Egypt: 17 Parties Nominated Names for Shura Council Membership

Some 17 parties as well as other institutions named their nominations for posts in the Shura Council that will be picked up by President Mohamed Morsy, presidential spokesperson Yasser Ali said.

Ali unveiled that the proposed list of nominees includes figures from al-Azhar and the three churches of Egypt as well as independent and legal figures.

"We all work for the best interest of our homeland" Ali said, highlighting the importance of restoring stability.

After the referendum, whether the result is "yes" or "no", there will more opportunities for dialogue, he said.

The spokesman added also that he does not blame media for the spread of groundless news and rumors, but urged media men to seek truth and accuracy.

Ali said that a new act is being drafted to be passed by the president to organize the right of staging demonstrations and maintain the safety of national institutions.

Such law does not mean reviving the usage of emergency laws suspended after the January 25 revolution, he stressed, adding that there is no intention to take extraordinary actions.

In the same context, Ali called on all political powers to denounce violence against any individual or entity.

Asked about the retraction of Attorney-general's resignation, he said the issue is now in the hands of the Supreme Judicial Council. Ali refused to comment on reports about a potential reshuffle in the cabinet.

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