27 February 2013

Egypt: National Dialogue Discusses Fairness of Elections

At Al-Ettihadia Palace, the Presidential Headquarters, a national dialogue session was held on Tuesday 26/2/2013 with the political national forces to discuss the guarantees of the fairness and transparency of the parliamentary elections due to be started on April, 22, 2013.

During the session, President Mohamed Morsi denied any disagreements with the Armed Forces, the Interior Ministry or any other state institution.

Morsi said that it is nonsense to talk about any dispute between him and any of the two establishments, reminding participants that he is the supreme commander of both the army and police or any other institution.

For his part, leader of Reform and Development Party Mohamed Esmat Al-Sadat said that the political powers, who did not partake in the dialogue, are keen on Egypt's interest. He voiced hope that the dialogue could reach real guarantees that may push the political powers for reconsidering their decision rejecting to partake in the coming parliamentary elections.

During the session, head of Freedom and Justice Party Saad Katatni said the effective participation of citizens is the best guarantee for the integrity of the elections.

Meanwhile, former MP Hatem Azzam expected success of the coming polls, saying "tension in the Egyptian street should not lead to put off the elections."

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