Political movements postpone Friday protest

A total of 28 political movements have postponed a protest planned for Friday to the following week to give themselves more time to complete necessary arrangements, a leading member of the Egyptian Communist Party said Wednesday.

Party spokesperson Essam Shaaban said in a press statement that representatives of the 28 political movements made the decision during a Tuesday meeting at the Sufi Azmiya Order headquarters in downtown Cairo.

He said the attendees agreed to delay the demonstration in anticipation of Prime Minister Essam Sharaf’s statement on Wednesday regarding the civil status of the state and the rules governing the constitution.

The Supreme Council of Sufi Orders had previously denied media reports that Sufis would join the Friday protest, dubbed "For the Love of Egypt." The council said it had nothing to do with the organization or promotion of the demonstration.

During a meeting Monday night, the council said the majority of the 76 Sufi orders had renounced the protest.

Translated from the Arabic Edition

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