EGYPT SALAFI PARTY WITHDRAWS FROM PRO-MORSI COALITION

CAIRO, Egypt, Sept 18 Egypt’s Salafi Al-Watan (Homeland) Party, said, it was withdrawing from a Muslim Brotherhood-led anti-government coalition, that was established last year, following the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

The Popular Alliance to Support Legitimacy, comprises several Islamist parties and groups, that denounce Morsi’s removal by the military in July 2013, as “a military coup.”

“We need a vast framework and a comprehensive umbrella, to encompass all spectra and segments of the nation, in light of an insightful vision to establish a sound democratic system,” Al-Watan Party said, in its withdrawal statement.

The statement comes amid preparations for the country’s upcoming parliamentary elections, and some believe Al-Watan’s move is meant to secure a place in the coming parliament.

Although once an ally of Morsi and the Brotherhood, the largest Salafi Al-Nour Party approved Morsi’s removal and the party leader appeared next to then-military chief Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, now the country’s new president, while announcing Morsi’s ouster.

Qatar, an ally of the Brotherhood, has recently asked seven Brotherhood leading members to leave its soil, in response to pressures from wealthy Gulf neighbours, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, both backed Morsi’s removal and supported Sisi’s inauguration

SOURCE: MENA