Ashri: Political Players Crisis of Confidence in Egypt Fading

Ashri: Political Players Crisis of Confidence in Egypt Fading

Mukhtar Ashri, Chairman of the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP)’s Legal Committee, said that the crisis of mutual trust amongst Egypt’s political parties and currents, which impacts endeavors to formulate the Constituent Assembly (CA) tasked with writing the country’s new constitution, “will disappear when we start work”.

"Although we disagree now on the formation of the constituent panel, there is no dispute regarding the Constitution itself, since it has four Chapters on which we are all agreed.

“The amendments required for those Chapters are very minor and straightforward. Moreover, there is almost full agreement that the mixed or quasi-parliamentary political system is the best suited for Egypt at this time.

“There’s also agreement that no party can alter Article II of the Constitution, nor rights of citizenship, general rights and freedoms, the rule of law or the social and economic fundamentals."

In an interview with the "Misr Tokarir (Egypt Decides)" TV program, on the satellite channel (Hayat 2), Ashri said: "I cannot put my finger on any points of difference or real disagreement, rather than personal disputes, regarding the issue of who should author the Constitution.

“If we are all agreed on the main substance, why do we disagree on who writes it? And – if everyone agrees – we will certainly respond to the opinion of the entire national community.

"The current phase in Egypt is very critical, very precarious. And we have but little time to reach a broad consensus on the Constituent Assembly. So, we should seek out the real problem and solve it the best way possible. Each party has to compromise a little in order to achieve consensus."

Further, Ashri said: "We extend our hands for cooperation and consensus. We do not want a dictatorship of the majority, nor of the minority. We do not want to get into the theory of marginalized minorities otherwise we will never finish the job of writing the constitution. We want to cross the step of the Constituent Assembly and write the new national charter”.