Opposition forces slam Islamists’ meat sales

The National Salvation Front and other opposition forces accused the Freedom and Justice Party and the Nour Party of violating the sanctity of mosques by selling reduced-price meat in their vicinity.

They described the practice as a form of electoral bribery. The NSF general coordinator accused both parties of attempting to manipulate the poor into voting for them.

Mohamed al-Faham, the coordinator of the Misr al-Afdal Revolutionary Movement, said that exploiting the hunger of the people for political gains should be a crime punishable by law.

The FJP sells meat at LE45 per kilo near the Abou al-Magd Mosque in Sheikh Zayed, while the Nour Party does the same at Al-Rahma Mosque, claimed Tamer al-Gendy, the coordinator of the 25 January Revolutionaries Coalition.

Gamal Hassan, the secretary of the Nour Party in Ismailia, defended the party’s actions, and added that it was the party’s charitable branch, the Salafi Dawah, that was responsible for selling the meat and providing other services to citizens.

Such acts of charity have nothing to do with elections, Hassan claimed.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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