Cairo Declaration denies any relation with Brotherhood
Abdul Rahman Yusuf - YOUM7/Dina Romeiah

CAIRO: A group of politicians released an initiative called the Cairo Declaration Saturday calling for January 25 Revolutionaries to “restore their revolution,” which has been interpreted by some as a “Muslim Brotherhood initiative.”

“This is a patriotic necessity,” Cairo Declarations said after holding a press conference at co-founder of the Conscience Front Ibrahim Yousry’s house Saturday.

The group members include professor of political science at Cairo University Seif Abdel Fattah and poet Abdul Rahman Yusuf al-Qaradaqwi.

Ibrahim Yossry, whose Front was formed in Feb. 2013, told The Cairo Post Monday that the aim of the Cairo Declaration is to call for the January 25 Revolutionary forces to cooperate and rule out circulated news about the Brotherhood’s relation to the initiative.

“The declaration can include anyone and may include Muslim Brotherhood supporters,” Youssry added.

Founder of the liberal Ghad Party Ayman Nour promotes the imitative and denied that the Muslim Brotherhood has any relations with the group, he told Dream2 Channel from Beirut Sunday.

“Abdel Rahman Youssef was one of the figures who participated and endorsed the June 30Demonstrations, which was against the Brotherhood’s rule, and Seif Abdel Fattah, who was also former Presidential Mohamed Morsi’s former advisor, resigned in protest to the constitutional declaration which aimed to extend Morsi’s power in Dec. 2012,” Nour justified. He added that all the January 25 Revolutionary forces are invited to participate in such “new entities.”

Nour denies knowing the Brotherhood or the National Coalition to Support Legitimacy’s (NCSL) stances. NCSL member Magdy Qorqor said they “bless” all the sincere efforts to help Egypt get out of its crisis.

Qorqor said the coalition is not part of Cairo Declaration but it does not mind if its members joined the declaration or any other initiative for Egypt’s sake, referring that the coalition and those who released the declaration cooperated together. “We also bless Brussels’ initiative,” he added.

For the past week, pro-Brotherhood supporters abroad released what they called a “declaration of principles” at an international conference in Brussels to restore the values of the January 25 Revolution, including a leading principle that the army should no longer be involved in Egypt’s political life.

He referred to the coalition strategy released on Nov. 16, 2013 which mainly aims to “restore the January 25 Revolution, restore the democratic track, and maintain the rights of the revolution victims and martyrs.”

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