Advisory council to call for national consensus conference

The advisory council to Egypt's military rulers plans to call for a national consensus conference, council spokesperson Mohamed al-Kholy told Al-Masry Al-Youm Tuesday.

The council’s panel, tasked with creating dialogue among different political powers, will continue to contact political powers in preparation for the conference, which will address issues pertaining to the transitional period, Kholy said.

“The council will discuss during the upcoming days the way to make these different powers gather in one conference that shows a national consensus over various issues,” Kholy said.

“Some political powers have shifting situations regarding different issues,” Kholy added. He said the council seeks to involve ministers and government officials in the dialogue.

Abdallah al-Maghazy, deputy secretary general of the council, expected that the Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) will be positive toward dialogue.

Expected to hold a plurality in Egypt’s next parliament, FJP will accept dialogue with the rest of the powers, Maghazy said.

The council formed the panel to facilitate dialogue about the country’s new constitution, a council member told Al-Masry Al-Youm Monday.

The panel will hold discussions with various political forces on criteria for the members of the constituent assembly, who parliament will select to draft Egypt’s new constitution, council member Osama Borhan told Al-Masry Al-Youm.

Borhan said dialogue is, for the time being, the best way to overcome the obstacles that political forces face.

Translated from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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