Premature to talk about parliamentary elections: NASL
Leaders of Muslim Brotherhood’s National Alliance to Support Legitimacy during press conference - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: The National Alliance to Support Legitimacy (NASL) will not discuss the parliamentary elections at this time and believes any talk is “premature,” NASL member Magdy Qurqur told The Cairo Post on Tuesday.

“Let’s finish firstly the so-called presidential elections, or more precisely the farce of the presidential elections, it could be called as well the presidential referendum and then talk about [parliamentary elections],” Qurqur said, adding that the alliance will boycott this “farce”.

Sources at the NASL told Youm7 on Tuesday that their stance towards parliamentary elections may be different than their stance on the forthcoming presidential elections, scheduled for May 26 and 27.

The stance of the alliance on the parliamentary elections is not directly related to their stance on the presidential elections, sources said.

Qurqur said the alliance refuses to respond to the demands of the Salafist Front to suspend its activities, adding that suspending its activities depends on the forthcoming parliamentary elections and whether the alliance will participate in the elections or not.

Most of the alliance’s leaders refuse to suspend their activities, particularly the Muslim Brotherhood; however, Gamaa Islamiyya prefers to reach a political solution.

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

The NASL issued a statement on April 27 on its official Facebook page calling for a boycott of the upcoming presidential elections, saying they “refuse to legitimize such a sham process”.

Additionally reporting by Ahmed Arafa.

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