- Middle East/North Africa
The recently-founded Strong Egypt Party has called for a march ending at the presidential palace in Heliopolis in response to President Mohamed Morsy’s constitutional declaration.
The party, led by Abdel Moneim Abouel Fotouh, a moderate former Muslim Brotherhood member, also released a statement demanding defined rules for appointing the prosecutor general and having candidates for the position be nominated by the Supreme Judicial Council.
Morsy’s decree removed controversial prosecutor general Abdel Meguid Mahmoud and set a four-year term for the post based on a presidential decree. Activists had accused Mahmoud of failing to gather sufficient evidence to convict former regime officials of murdering demonstrators during the January 2011 uprising.
The statement also called upon the Interior Ministry to abstain from violence against demonstrators and to purge the police forces of personnel involved in human rights abuses. At least two have reportedly been killed in clashes with security forces near Tahrir Square since 20 November.
The party said its position gained wide backing from various political currents during the Tuesday protests in Tahrir Square against Morsy's declaration.