Morsi Discusses FJP Structure With Turkish Academics

Morsi Discusses FJP Structure With Turkish Academics

Dr. Mohamed Morsi, the Chairman of Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) on Saturday July 9th, with a Turkish delegation comprising a number of researchers and thinkers to discuss ways to establish relations, exchange experience and getting them acquainted with the FJP. The Turkish delegation included Dr. Yaseen Oqtay, head of Strategic Thinking Institute in Ankara, Dr. Bekir Pratt Olibak, a political science professor and researcher at the Strategic Thinking Institute in Ankara, Prof. Dr. Ahmed Obtal, a professor of sociology at the University of Osman Ghazi and Dr. Muhammad Ozcan, researcher on political affairs and a visiting professor at the Cairo Center for Turkish Studies.

Dr. Tarek Abdel-Galil, Head of the Cairo Center for Turkish Studies, Dr. Alaa Farouk, Head and Central Asia Studies Unit at Cairo Centre for Turkish Studies, accompanied the delegation in the presence of Dr. Amr Darrag, Secretary of the FJP  in Giza.

During the meeting, the two sides discussed the major political issues raised on the internal and international arenas. The Turkish delegation asked about the status of the Egyptian Constitution in the new thinking of the FJP, and Dr. Mohamed Morsi confirmed that there is a document adopted by the "Democratic Alliance for Egypt," and some 28 parties, including the FJP. These parties also agreed on some rules and general principles that must be taken into account when drafting the new Constitution for Egypt. These principles are the basic elements that correspond to the vastest spectrum of the Egyptian society forces; they represent the basic structure of a free and fair democratic system, which successive generations of Egyptians have fought for.

Regarding the FJP and how it relates to the Muslim Brotherhood, the Party chairman said that the group took the decision to set up this party, and thus the party represents the political wing of the group, and the group focuses on religious and community outreach projects. He added that in general, there is coordination between the party and the MB in political positions towards current events, but the party remains independent to make its own political decisions and they don’t necessarily have to be the same as those of the group.

Regarding the weight of the party and how it relates to the group now, Dr. Mohamed Morsi pointed out that the party was licensed just a month ago, and its membership is not restricted to members of the MB, pointing out that 75% of founding members of the party are from the group, and the rest are from outside the Brotherhood. Among the 9000 party founders, there is 100 members from the Copts, in addition to a considerable presence of women within the constituent body of the party mounting to 12.5%.