In an interview published Monday with the Jordanian paper "Alsabeel", legal Advisor for the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), Ahmed Abu Baraka denied internal divisions within the Democractic Alliance (DA), which were blown out of proportion by the media ahead of parliamentary elections.
Abu Baraka said: "The alliance is political not an electoral one, and the Wafd’s breaking away during the elections does not mean it has permanently spilt from it. The FJP does not seek a majority or dominance in parliament. Both the FJP and the Wafd will continue its consultations with the aim of finding a general consensus in parliament that reflects and represents the Egyptians demands after the revolution".
He added, "The document signed by the parties four months earlier, aimed at mobilizing the alliance’s members to achieve the objectives and the demands of the revolution. The coalition is also committed to endorsing a democratic transition and creating a political system that allows the rotation of power and the establishment of an economic system based on freedom, justice, and stability".
The Wafd Party chose to enter the elections with an independent electoral list. "The party was under a lot of pressure to split from the coalition with the belief that it would acquire more seats if it broke away from it", Abu Baraka said. He explained that leaders from the Wafd Party who aspired to be on the coalition’s electoral list and lacked the criteria on which candidates were selected by the Electoral Coordinating Committee for the Alliance were disappointed for not being chosen and hence pressured the party to break away.
"The FJP is working for the best interests of Egypt. It was agreed that candidates should have political experience and enjoy much popularity. Most importantly any candidate must not have any affiliations with the dismembered National Democratic Party (NDP)", he maintained.
Abu Baraka assured that any fears concerning the differences were groundless. "In fact, this disparity is quite healthy as there are no differences regarding the alliance’s political visions. We are in agreement concerning issues such as the emergency law, and the military tribunal and political isolation of remnants from the former regime", he asserted.
According to Abu Baraka the surfacing of remnants from the former regime onto the political landscape is a result of SCAF’s postponement of elections and not the split in the Alliance.
Discussing the motto "Islam is the solution", Abu Baraka said: "The motto has not been an issue with the DA, however, we will not force our slogan onto others just as we refuse to be told to abandon ours. Other mottos will be formed based on the DA’s political platform, which will focus on development and progress in all sectors".
Ending his interview Abu Baraka stressed "The FJP is committed to its slogan since the party is the Muslim Brotherhood’s (MB) political arm and the slogan is historical. He added "The decision made by the High Elections Commission to ban religious slogans does not apply to ours since it does not violate the constitution".