Former head of Supreme State Security Court Amr Abdel Razek said in a Wednesday statement that a coalition led by former chairman of the Constituent Assembly Amr Moussa would be “needed to build a new Egypt”.
Moussa’s office had released a statement last Monday calling on “civil and patriotic” factions to form a coalition committing to a six points agenda for the development of the Egyptian state.
Ahmed Khairy, head of the National Workers Union, also praised Moussa’s call, in statement on Tuesday after meeting with other union leaders including Gebaly Al-Meraghy, head of Egypt’s Workers Union and Malek Bioumy, head of the Egyptian Union of Independent Syndicates.
Khairy said the union leaders had agreed to take part in the coalition and would meet on Sunday with Moussa to discuss means for coordination and the criteria to select the candidates from the workers and farmers to be future Members of Parliament.
Moussa’s point agenda would constitute the following six points: joining factions to vow loyalty to the 2014 Constitution, respecting the principles of democracy and human rights, supporting the elected president to reconstruct the Egyptian state, coordinating in the upcoming elections, and accepting any civil factions except those proven to be corrupt.
The coalition would not bind parties to merge with one another but to align a vision within a framework aiming to reconstruct Egypt.
Moussa’s press officer Ahmed Kamel explained that meetings with different parties and political figures are taking place and that the final list of members in the coalition is not yet finalised. When asked if the coalition is open to taking members of the former National Democratic Party, Kamel stressed that the coalition will be exclusive to civil factions and that only those sentenced in cases of corruption would be excluded from it.