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Posted : 2013/02/19 10:35 pm
The National Salvation Front said Tuesday it will reject parliamentary elections unless authorities guarantee they will be fair and subject to international monitoring.
The announcement came after a three-hour closed meeting that included Dostour chief Mohamed ElBaradei, Wafd Party leader Al-Sayed al-Badawy and Freedom and Justice Party Chairman Saad al-Katatny.
Hamdeen Sabbahi, founder of the Popular Current Party, did not attend.
The NSF called for a neutral government that had the support of numerous parties and was able to solve Egypt's political gridlock.
It also said it holds the president responsible for the nation's economic and social deterioration as a result of interference from the Muslim Brotherhood.
The NSF added that the Nour Party's initiative to bring together opposing political factions could help the country move past its impasse.
Furthermore, the front called for the punishment of anyone convicted of killing protesters during recent unrest and that prosecutors should make these cases a top priority.
It requested the replacement of the prosecutor general with someone who could ensure the independence of the judiciary and work to amend controversial provisions of the Constitution.
The NSF concluded by denouncing all forms of violence
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm