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Egypt liberal alliance withdraws statement rejecting Mansour's decree

Iran Press TV

Wed Jul 10, 2013 9:24AM GMT

Egypt’s main liberal coalition, the National Salvation Front (NSF), has withdrawn an earlier statement in which it had rejected a constitutional decree issued by the interim President Adli Mansour.

The coalition that supported the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi issued a statement on Wednesday, saying that it had not been consulted in the drafting of the interim charter and “therefore the decree was issued including articles we disagree with.”

This comes while on Tuesday the coalition had stated that, “The National Salvation Front announces its rejection of the constitutional decree.”

On Monday, Mansour adopted a temporary constitution outlining the president's powers. The declaration also lays out a timetable for the transition, which is to last around six months until a presidential election is held.

The NSF also said in the statement that it would "propose our own amendments (of the charter) to the president.” The group was led by Mohamed ElBaradei until he was appointed as the vice president of the new government.

The Tamarod movement, which initiated the protests that led to Morsi’s ouster, also said that the group had not been consulted on the transition plan.

Tamarod spokesman Mahmud Badr said that the movement would create proposals for amendments in the charter which will outline powers of the country’s new president as well as planning a schedule for the transition period.

The Muslim Brotherhood rejected the charter outright, with senior official Essam al-Erian saying, "A constitutional decree by a man appointed by putschists... brings the country back to square one."

Morsi was unseated by the military on July 3, and Mansour, the Chief Justice of Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court, was sworn in as the interim president of Egypt the next day.

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