Al-Watan Party is preparing to launch its initiative for popular reconciliation, entitled Charter of Honour and National Responsibility.
The party previously announced that the conference would take place on Saturday 23 March at the great conference hall at Al-Azhar University
Yasser Abdel Moneim, a member of the supreme committee and media coordinator of Al-Watan Party, said that the conference date has not yet been confirmed. “We’re still deciding on the final list of attendees to avoid embarrassing any party; for instance, we are still not sure if we will invite representatives from the police and the army,” he said.
The initiative is a political and economic strategy consisting of 13 articles. It tackles the issues of a political truce, a council for economic development, overseeing elections, a national coalition government after the elections, economic identity, social justice, utilizing current investments, education and economic vision, openness and reconciliation, youth employment, and equality among Egyptians.
“We decided that the country will not move forward without real reconciliation between all sections of the society” said Abdel Moneim.
He added that the party will hold a conference within the next two weeks for the signing of the charter.
“We invited several former Prime Ministers like Essam Sharaf and Kamal Al-Ganzouri; we also contacted foreign embassies such as the American and British embassies and the European Commission,” Abdel Moneim said.
The text of the initiative states that deteriorating economic conditions in Egypt have threatened opportunities for development and affected Egyptian citizens’ lives.
The country’s problems, it claims, include a lack of security, an increase in the public deficit, and the deterioration of the tourism industry. According to the initiative these problems were caused by the lengthy transitional period, interference by interior and external elements that aim to destroy the economy, and protests and strikes that led to repeated attacks on state institutions.