Leading political figures affiliated with the Freedom and Justice Party’s newly-formed National Conscience Front have said that the group is aiming to prevent a “reproduction” of former President Hosni Mubarak’s regime.
In a press conference Saturday at El Sawy Culture Wheel, members of the front also called for cooperation to end “violence and sabotage.”
Former Minister of Legal Affairs and Parliamentary Councils Mohamed Mahsoub, a member of the Islamist Wasat Party, said that the front’s founders do not represent a specific party or trend, but rather seek to preserve the revolution.
Helmy al-Gazzar, the FJP’s Cairo secretary, added that the front’s priorities include “defending the people,” and that the front would face opposition if it deviated from what Egyptians want.
The front was formed to compete with the National Salvation Front, the main opposition group for parties against the government headed by President Mohamed Morsy. The NSF has called for the current Constitution to be amended and seeks to curb the Muslim Brotherhood’s political influence.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm