NDP founder rejects ‘feloul’ label

A former Alexandria University president and former senior member of the previously-ruling National Democratic Party called on Wednesday for a national reconciliation in line with the call made by President Mohamed Morsy during his Cairo University speech on Saturday.

Mohamed Abdellah, who co-founded the now-dissolved NDP with late President Anwar Sadat in the 1970s but quit the party before the January 2011 revolution, told London-based Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper he is ready to take part in reconciliation efforts, provided that they be based on accepting differences in opinion.

Abdellah described the term “feloul” as a mere fad. The word is Arabic for remnants of a defeated army and has been used to refer to vestiges of the ousted regime of former President Hosni Mubarak.

He also expressed frustration with the term “generals’ rule” which is commonly used by anti-military protests.

“That’s an inadequate phrase to use for the revered institution that protects Egypt’s security and which played an essential role in the transitional period,” he said.

Abdellah said Morsy's statements to political forces have been comforting, voicing confidence that the new president would work to reunite Egyptians, who Abdellah said are divided following the presidential elections.

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