Initiatives welcome, but restoring legitimacy nonnegotiable, Pro-Morsi alliance says

"We appreciate local and foreign calls for dialogue and calm, and stress that calm measures should secure the return of constitutional legitimacy first," said a statement by the National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy

Initiatives welcome, but restoring legitimacy nonnegotiable, Pro-Morsi alliance says

World Bulletin/News Desk

A coalition of Islamist parties supportive of ousted President Mohamed Morsi said it welcomes all local and international efforts to diffuse the political crisis in Egypt, while insisting that the return to constitutional legitimacy is nonnegotiable.

"Any initiative should respect constitutional legitimacy, mainly the reinstatement of the elected president," the National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy said in a statement Tuesday, a copy of which was obtained by Anadolu Agency.

"We appreciate local and foreign calls for dialogue and calm, and stress that calm measures should secure the return of constitutional legitimacy first."

The Egyptian capital has been abuzz with diplomatic activity in recent days, with officials coming from different continents to take part in talks aimed at resolving the country's ongoing political impasse, ignited by the army's last month ouster of Morsi.

However, both the Egyptian presidency and the Muslim Brotherhood have so far dismissed speculations of an imminent deal to break the deadlock.

Morsi's supporters have been staging daily mass rallies and sit-ins nationwide since his July 3 ouster following mass protests against him.

They are demanding the reinstatement of the ousted leader, the dissolved Shura Council [the upper house of Egypt's parliament] and the suspended constitution, along with prosecution of those responsible for killing protesters in the wake of Morsi's overthrow.

"If these demands were met, dialogue can start and involve all files," the pro-Morsi alliance said in its statement.

It played down warnings by the interim government to disperse the main pro-Morsi sit-ins in Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya Square and Giza's Nahda Square.

Last week, the government described the twin sit-ins as a threat to national security, mandating the Interior Ministry to take "all necessary measures" to disperse them.

Peaceful protesting is "a legal and constitutional right," the pro-Morsi alliance insisted, refuting accusations that the sit-ins pose threat to national security.

"Protesters are the ones who are being killed and attacked by the coup plotters and outlaws all the time," said the statement.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 06 Ağustos 2013, 17:35
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