Egypt party dismisses proposed changes

Egypt’s second-largest Islamist party, al-Nour has dismissed proposed changes to the country™s constitution that would ban parties which are based on religious grounds.

The party on Friday denounced the move as a “sword drawn” against Islamist political parties.

The proposal, which has not yet been formally approved, came days after a court in Cairo outlawed the Muslim Brotherhood as a non-governmental organization, followed by the seizure of the group™s financial accounts.

œBy what right does this article aim a drawn sword at some parties? Are we going to put an article in the constitution that bans founding parties on liberal, secular, socialist or Nasserist grounds?” said al-Nour Party head Younes Makhyoun in a statement released in reaction to proposal that was recently made during meetings of the Egyptian constitutional committee.

œWe reject this article completely because it is discriminatory and exclusionary,” the statement added.

Also on Friday, Muslim Brotherhood supporters staged fresh protest rallies across the North African country to demand the reinstatement of the ousted President Mohamed Morsi.

The demonstrators also condemned the interim government™s crackdown on the Brotherhood backers and the killing of protesters after Morsi™s removal in July by the country™s military.

Since the overthrow of Morsi — Egypt™s first democratically-elected president — the country has been the scene of demonstrations held by his supporters.

Hundreds of protesters, mostly Morsi™s supporters, were killed or wounded during the deadly violence that broke out afterwards.

About 1,000 people were killed in a week of violence between Morsi™s backers and security forces after police dispersed their protest camps in a deadly operation on August 14.

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