World Bulletin / News Desk
A coalition of largely Islamist groups and figures that support ousted president Mohamed Morsi has rejected any dialogue initiative proposed under the sponsorship of Egypt's Al-Azhar aimed at resolving the ongoing political impasse.
The National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy (NADL) rejects any initiative sponsored by Al-Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed al-Tayeb or which calls for early presidential elections, Salah Sultan, a senior member of the Muslim Brotherhood-led coalition, told Anadolu Agency.
Sultan said that the NADL had not yet received any dialogue proposals from Al-Azhar. "We don't know the details of any dialogue that is being prepared," he said.
On Saturday, sources close to al-Tayeb said the Al-Azhar – the highest seat of Islamic learning in the Sunni-Muslim world – would begin contacts on Monday with high-profile figures who had previously floated initiatives aimed at resolving Egypt's political crisis.
According to the sources, al-Tayeb plans to invite these figures to a meeting "soon" with the aim of formulating a unified initiative to break the political deadlock that has engulfed the country since the July 3 ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi.
Several initiatives have already been proposed by various parties and public figures, including Morsi's former prime minister Hisham Qandil, Islamic scholar Mohamed Selim al-Awa and the Strong Egypt party, among others.
Most initiatives stipulate the reinstatement of Egypt's 2012 constitution – which is currently suspended – and the holding of presidential elections within 90 days.