Two days after a controversial initiative was launched in Egypt by Ambassador Masoum Marzouk, an Egyptian research centre launched, Thursday, a new political initiative to resolve the Egyptian crisis. This proposal includes the return of President Dr Mohamed Morsi and the 2012 parliament. Political analysts think that these measures represent the demands of Egyptian opposition abroad.
The initiative, according to Al-Mugtama, was presented by the Arab Centre for Studies under the chairmanship of Dr Ahmed Matar, one of the former detainees at Tora prison (Scorpion prison) in Egypt. The Center explained in the preface that it is based on a clear understanding of the determinants of the supreme national interests of the nation that achieve the objectives of Egyptian national security and rises to the level of serious challenges facing Egypt. It also stems from the principles of justice, equality and concern for a better future for future generations.
The initiative obliges all citizens to challenge the current economic malaise, political isolation and societal tension.
The initiative said that its success depends on the keenness of all parties to the conflict to implement appropriate solutions.
The initiative said that the revolution in January 2011 is the main turning point towards a new formulation of the nature of relations between state institutions, in accordance with the rules of modern democracy based on the respect of the will of the people in choosing an elected civil authority in a climate of pluralism, open competition and complete freedom.
The initiative emphasised that the January Revolution resulted in an elected parliament which represents 21 parties in parliamentary elections in which 32 million voters took part. It added that the revolution culminated in the transfer of power for the first time in Egypt’s modern history by the will of the people to the first elected Egyptian president. Then, the efforts of the revolution culminated in December 2012 in giving the people the first constitution they drafted themselves, and July 2013 witnessed a military coup that attempted to assassinate a people’s revolution, usurp power and destroy the economy and society.
The initiative called on all parties to compromise in favour of the homeland and agree on the following measures:
- the return of the elected president to exercise his constitutional powers, in reference to the ousted president Dr Mohamed Morsi;
- the return of the 2012 Parliament;
- resumption of work based on the December 2012 Constitution;
- lapsing all politicized legal cases since July 2013; and
- the return of all people dismissed for political reasons from their work and providing compensation for all those affected by the crimes of the military coup.
The initiative also called the Parliament to review all decisions issued by the coup authority and to take appropriate legislative measures according to the will of the people. It urged the government to implement these measures and prosecute all those involved in the crimes of the military coup, per the legal procedures stipulated in the Constitution, and to hold the first presidential and parliamentary elections three years after the implementation of the provisions of this initiative and working under it.
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