Monday, 25 February 2013
Egypt: NSF lists conditions of dialogue
The National Salvation Front (NSF) coalition of opposition groups has listed its conditions for any dialogue with the presidency to reduce the tension and the polarisation that has emerged in Egyptian politics. They include taking "serious steps" towards the prosecution of those responsible for protesters' deaths, along with the formation of a new government of national unity.
The NSF also insisted on the appointment of a new prosecutor-general in accordance with the constitution and judicial independence, and amending Egypt's new constitution, both stipulations that it made before.
A few weeks ago, the presidency would have dismissed the NSF as a political irrelevance but the growing dissatisfaction with the state of the economy and the government's inability to arrest decline might incline the presidency to seek a broader mandate for ruling by engaging in some sort of discussions with the NSF.
For its part, the Supreme Constitutional Court has raised the possibility of a delay in the holding of parliamentary elections by ruling that the electoral law is flawed.
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