Egypt's Freedom and Justice Party: No clash with SCAF, no alliance with Salafis

News article, posted 12.12.2011, from Egypt, in:
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Egypt's Freedom and Justice Party: No clash with SCAF, no alliance with Salafis (Photo: Al-Masry Al-Youm)

A confrontation between the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) and the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) is unlikely unless the latter refuses to relinquish power, Mohamed Saad al-Katatny, secretary general for the Freedom and Justice Party, has said.

The Brotherhood on Thursday said it would shun a new council set up by military rulers to help oversee the drafting of a constitution, but then backtracked after reassurances by the SCAF that it would not override parliament.

In an interview with Al-Ahram issued on Saturday, Katatny said a clash with SCAF would occur if it thwarted the revolution’s goals.

Asked about the desire on the part of the Salafi Nour Party to form an alliance with the FJP, Katatny said the party prefers a more comprehensive alliance that encompasses all groups.

He added that the democratic alliance brings together conservative, liberal and nationalist parties, and expressed hope that the alliance would continue when parliament convenes.

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