Egypt Independent

Nour Party changes mind, says will participate in Tuesday demo

The Salafi Nour Party

has announced its participation in Tuesday’s mass demonstration in support of President Mohamed Morsy and the constitutional referendum.

The protest is planned to take place in front of the Rabaa al-Adaweya and Al-Rashdan mosques in Nasr City.

Muslim Brotherhood spokesperson Mahmoud Ghozlan told state-run Al-Ahram that participants in the protest had been instructed not to stage sit-ins or to head towards the presidential palace so as to avoid clashes with other protesters. The participants were also instructed to end the demonstration by 10 pm.

On Monday party spokesperson Yousry Hammad denied the party had said it would not join the demonstration.

Nour Party Secretary General Galal Morra said the party had initially declined to participate as its leaders were preoccupied with the “Yes to the Constitution” campaign in the governorates.

“The campaign attempts to convince citizens to back the constitution to rebuild the state institutions and support development,” he said.

A number of Islamist forces, led by the Muslim Brotherhood and the Freedom and Justice Party, have announced participation in Tuesday’s demonstration.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm