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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsy calls for the national dialogue

Mohamed Morsy, Egypt's President
After terrible clashes and unrest in Egypt during several days the country’s President Mohamed Morsy have called for the national dialogue to resolve the current crisis.

He announced about the dialogue during his speech made on Sunday and invited all the political powers of Egypt including opposition to participate in the talks. The national dialogue is the only one way to resolve the crisis and to achieve stability in the country, according to the President.

The invitations have been sent to major political parties, powers and groups calling. The national dialogue hosted by Mohamed Morsy has started on Monday, 28 January.

There were several political leaders and prominent figures among the participants of the dialogue, such as Saad El-Katatny (head of Freedom and Justice Party, Muslim Brotherhood’s political wing), Younes Makhion (head of Salafist Al-Nour Party), Abdel-Moneim Abul-Fotouh (head and founder of Strong Egypt Party), Ayman Nour (head of liberal Ghad El-Thawra Party), Abou El-Ela Mady (leader of Al-Wasat Party) and others.

Continued clashes in Egypt
However, the representatives of Egypt’s umbrella oppositional group National Salvation Front, which was also invited to the dialogue, rejected the invitation and didn’t attend as they see any dialogues like that pointless unless the special conditions will be met.

We would remind here that NSF has issued an official statement recently with five main demands to the ruling regime including cancelling the Constitution, forming the transitional government etc.

Thus the national dialogue happened without participation of the key liberal and leftist forces of Egypt.

Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsy have called for the national dialogue amid the ongoing violent clashes in Egypt which have already left at least 50 dead and hundreds of injured.

In addition to that President has also declared state of emergency for 30 days in Suez Canal City (Suez, Ismailia, Port Said) and ordered to impose the curfew since 9 p.m. till 6 a.m. Muslim Brotherhood in its turn has requested to allow the Armed Forces to arrest civilians due to the turbulent situation, and this request was reportedly approved by the state’s government.

Meanwhile the clashes still continue in Egypt’s capital Cairo and in other governorates, including the Suez Canal City where the residents break the curfew.