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April 6 Youth Movement coordinator Ahmed Maher said Monday that he turned down an offer to be a presidential adviser, saying he refused to be part of President Mohamed Morsy’s presidential team.
Maher said in a statement that his choice comes in accordance with the group’s decision to be a youth movement that participates in the building of its country. He said the movement would keep its firm stand toward all political and social issues.
Three activist figures joined Morsy’s presidential team, the movement said. They include National Association for Change coordinator Hassan Nafaa, prominent journalist and activist Sekina Fouad and human rights lawyer Saif al-Islam Abdel Fattah.
Both TV and radio personality Hamdy Qandil and leftist activist Wael Khalil turned down positions in the presidential team.
Presidential spokesperson Yasser Ali had previously said the presidential team was expected to be announced Sunday, but the announcement was postponed.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm