FJP: Presidential Elections Before Constitution Not Against Will of the People
The FJP said it is fully committed to the will of the free people of Egypt, whatever they choose, and that all that has been reported about the position of the party with regard to the presidential elections is not true. The referendum on constitutional amendments did not include a specific date or timeframe for the presidential elections, though is it likely – in accordance with the procedures for establishing a new constitution – that presidential elections can be held before the referendum on the new constitution.
The FJP repeated its request to the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) to come back to the first vision it laid out, and which it changed without any known reasons, of holding the presidential elections without delay, to begin immediately after the call to the People’s Assembly and Shura Council for the selection of the Drafting Committee that will draw up the new Constitution. The party has also asserted that it will work to accelerate the transfer of power, to restore stability.
At the same time, the FJP has reiterated what was announced many times before: that it is working for a wide inclusive political alliance, and would prefer a wide electoral alliance. But the party is not opposed to multiple lists and electoral blocs, because it is in the interest of the electoral process, which is based primarily on honest competition.
The FJP calls upon all political forces to develop their own preferred concepts of the ideal political system (parliamentary or presidential) and all the constitutional aspects of political and electoral systems. Evidently, this will help speed the development of the new constitution in the shortest possible period, bringing the transition phase to an end. The party also believes it is important that the political forces set down their suggestions on the legislative changes needed in the transition phase, which will contribute to consolidating the work of the coming People’s Assembly so that it can push the process of rebuilding the constitutional and legislative structures, an essential process, because the legislative structure now in place opened the door wide for tyranny and corruption, and legalized the bulk of the political and financial corruption.
The FJP also reiterated its positions, as already declared, with regard to the need to pass a ‘political isolation’ law, to ban the leaders of the dissolved National Democratic Party (identifiable by their roles and positions) and not a Treason law which would refer the matter to the courts of law – which would impede the process of preventing the leaders of the former regime from running in the next elections. Furthermore, the party emphasizes the need for a clear declaration ending the state of emergency, which already ended both constitutionally and legally. Moreover, the party lays emphasis on the need for the return of security, and confronting bullying activities, drug trafficking and illegal arms trade. The party reiterates its emphasis on the need for completion of the presidential elections right after the parliamentary elections, ending the handover of power by the end of the first half of next year (2012).
The FJP has stressed that it values ??the role played by SCAF in support of the revolution, but this does not conflict with the positions of the party opposed to some of the choices made by SCAF, and emphasized that the main role SCAF should play now is to secure the path of power handover to an elected civilian authority, at the earliest time, and to restore security.