Aswat Masriya (Cairo)

18 February 2013

Egypt: Tension Boils Between Presidency and Ultraconservatives

Tension between Egypt's presidency and the Salafi (ultraconservative) Nour Party boiled on Monday over the president's sacking of Nour member Khaled Alameddine who was his advisor for environmental affairs.

Mursi sacked Alameddine from his post on Sunday after reports revealed that he may have exploited his power.

Nour spokesman Nader Bakkar said at a conference today that Fouad Gadallah, Mursi's advisor for legal affairs, apologized to Nour member Ashraf Thabet over the sacking of Alameddine.

Gadallah however denied that he apologized or that the president's office intends to release an official apology.

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