Egypt’s Liberals Join Islamists to Reject Transition Plan
Posted on Jul 9, 2013
The National Salvation Front, which Nobel Peace Prize-winner Mohamed ElBaradei was leading until he was named Egypt’s new deputy president, has joined the Muslim Brotherhood and the anti-Brotherhood Tamarod movement in rejecting President Adli Mansour’s transition decree.
According to a report on the BBC, both the Tamarod movement (which pushed for and won the ouster of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi) and the NSF have essentially the same complaint: Both say they were not sufficiently consulted on the decree.
The Brotherhood, meanwhile, has rejected any overtures from the new government, which was hastily assembled by Egypt’s military leaders following a coup.
White House press secretary Jay Carney said the administration was “cautiously encouraged by the announcement by the interim government that it has a potential plan for moving forward with a democratic process and elections, both parliamentary and presidential, and we think that’s a good thing.” He added, “We call on all parties to engage in a dialogue about that process and not to refuse to participate, because we believe (that) the best hope for resolving this crisis is through a process that is inclusive and in which everyone participates.”
Unfortunately most of the parties referred to have now officially rejected the plan. So what’s plan B?
—Posted by Peter Z. Scheer
Photo by Thierry Ehrmann (CC-BY)
A portrait of Egypt’s newly minted deputy president, Mohamed ElBaradei.