NASL hasn’t suspended activities: Watan Party
Press conference of The National Alliance to Support Legitimacy - YOUM7

CAIRO: The National Alliance to Support Legitimacy (NASL) has not suspended its activities, deputy head of Watan Party Yousri Hamad told Youm7 Thursday.

Any decision by the alliance is taken through discussion and voting, Hamed said. A number of parties called the alliance to suspend their activities, sources at the NASL told Youm7 Thursday.

The alliance rejects the legitimacy of the interim government, and has repeatedly called for the reinstatement of the Muslim Brotherhood.

The Salafist Front urged the alliance to suspend its political activities in order to “avoid spilling blood,” it said in a Wednesday statement on its official Facebook page.

The statement of the Salafi Front followed a mass death sentence by the Minya Criminal Court of 683 Muslim Brotherhood members, including the Brotherhood’s Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie, and referral of the case to the Grand Mufti on Monday.

On Thursday, the spokesperson of the Salafist Front and a member at the NASL Khaled Saeed told Youm7 that the alliance did not respond to their suggestion to suspend the alliance’s activities.

There are voices from outside the NASL demanding its dissolution after “feeling embarrassed” about the bloodshed that is gripping Egypt now, an expert on Islamists movements affairs Kamal Habib told Youm7.

The fact that some parties that forms NASL calls to suspend it, asserts that they are waiving the only reason why the coalition was formed at the first place which is the return of former president Mohamed Morsi, Ahram Center for Strategic Studies researcher Amr al-Shobaky.

The NASL is an “illegitimate alliance and violates the law and constitution,” former Brotherhood leader Tharwat al-Kherbawy told Youm7 Wednesday, adding that the alliance failed to achieve any aim they declared since more than 10 months.

Following the July 3 ouster of Mohamed Morsi, many leading members of the Brotherhood were arrested on charges of inciting violence. The group was banned in October 2013, and was declared a terrorist organization Dec. 25, 2013.

Additionally reporting by Ahmed Arafa, Ramy Nawar.

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