CAIRO: Hala Shukrallah, head of Dostour Party, participated on Wednesday in the meeting between parties leaders and President Adly Mansour, the Middle East News Agency (MENA) reported.
Shukrallah told MENA that the meeting focused on the reasons for making the Supreme Electoral Committee (SEC) inviolable. In her opinion the inviolability of the SEC should be refused, whatever the motives are. The judiciary should find a way to deal with the SEC that does not threaten democracy mechanisms, she said.
The party leader clarified that she addressed the issue of imprisoned youth and assaulting the youth in the court again. She said that her response was strong in this regard and that the president ordered investigation to whoever gave these orders.
According to Youm7, Mansour met the following political leaders in addition to Shukrallah: Amr Moussa, Hamdeen Sabbahi (Popular Current,) Mohamed al-Orabi (Conference Party,) Al-Sayed Abdel Aal (Tagammu Party,) Al-Sayed al-Badawy (Wafd Party,) Younis Makhyoun (Nour Party,) Mohamed Abul Ghar (Social Democratic Egyptian Party,) Ahmed Saeed (Free Egyptians Party) and Abdel Ghaffar Shokr (Socialist Popular Alliance Party.)
A statement issued by the presidency said that Mansour started the meeting by referring to the country’s need to achieve stability and pass the transitional period without delay. This requires making the presidential and parliamentary elections in a way where the different popular forces agree on. The presidency demanded amending the roadmap to choose an elected president to lead Egypt as soon as possible.
The attendees listened to the explanation of the presidential elections law and the reasons for maintaining the regulations on the Supreme Electoral Committee, the nature of its decisions and the ways to appeal them.
Each one of the attendees spoke during the meeting and the president discussed what they said. The majority of the attendees agreed on the president’s opinion.
Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh, former presidential candidate and president of the Misr Al-Qawia party, said on Tuesday that the party was not aware of a national dialogue called by the presidency on Wednesday.
Additional reporting by Nour Dhulfakkar.