Aswat Masriya (Cairo)

29 January 2013

Egypt: Shafiq Calls for Constitution, Elections Under International Oversight

Former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq on Tuesday called for a new constitution in addition to parliamentary and presidential elections to be held under international supervision.

In a recorded speech on YouTube, Shafiq reaffirmed that the former regime did not kill protesters.

The ongoing killings and the events that occurred during the Port Said mass funeral days ago confirms that, Shafiq stated.

Shafiq addressed the minister of interior saying that any violence directed towards the people will result in more hatred for the police.

A criminal court had sentenced former president Mohamed Hosni Mubarak and his Interior Minister Habib al-Adli to life in prison for their involvement in killing protesters during the January 2011 uprising.

An appeals court had recently accepted appeals on the ruling, resulting in a retrial.

Shafiq called for legalizing the Muslim Brotherhood's presence as a group and supervising its financial support.

The former candidate said that if this does not happen he will call for a brotherhood for Christians and Sufis.

Shafiq demanded resuming investigations in the irregularities that took place during the last presidential elections in which he was a candidate.

He called for a new constitution-drafting assembly, new elections to be internationally monitored, and a national coalition government to hold the elections.

On his Twitter account, Shafiq wrote, "I hold the regime accountable for the death Egyptians in all governorates."

"The current leadership in Egypt affirms every day its lack of worth to run a big, diverse country," he added.

If the president is pushing his country towards grave danger, Egyptians are the ones who will prevent it from falling apart, Shafiq stated.

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