9 December 2013

Egypt's Islamist Nour Party Not Against Sisi for President

CAIRO, DEC 9 (Aswat Masriya) Egypt's second largest Islamist party said on Monday that it is not against the running of Defence Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi for presidency in the looming elections, in an interview with al-Faijr Algerian newspaper.

Salah Abdel Maaboud, an upper board member of Nour Party, said that there is no reason to be against Sisi if he provides an electoral program that takes Egypt out of its current turmoil.

The representative of the ultraorthodox party said that they will participate in the upcoming parliamentary elections.

"Nour party has decided to vote for the constitution to end the state of polarization in Egypt and seek the stabilisation of its political transition to democracy," Abdel Maaboud said, adding that the draft constitution is better for Egypt and that it keeps Islam as a basis for legalisation.

Abdel Maaboud also said that the constitution represents all factions of Egyptian society, including women, students, peasants and persons with disabilities.

"There is a health and social guarantee for all citizens. The more controversial articles were approved at a consensus, so why not vote for it," He added.

On the party's participation in elections, Abdel Maaboud said, "We are against the election of an Islamist to be Egypt's president, the experience has failed before, we do not want to repeat it. it is currently inconvenient and the Egyptian streets are not ready to accept candidates from a religious background."

He added that the party's choice to support any presidential candidate is premature, "Our support will be announced after the final declaration of the candidates. Our choice will be based on the programme of the candidate, not who he is."

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