Jama’a al-Islamiya to heal rift between Brotherhood and Salafis

Tarek al-Zomor, founder of Jama'a al-Islamiya's Construction and Development Party, said Tuesday his party would try to heal the rift between the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party and the Salafi Nour Party.

He added that differences between Islamists and other groups should be resolved for the sake of the nation.

For his part, Alaa Aboul Nasr, the party’s secretary general, said Islamists stand to lose should the dispute between the two groups continue.

Tensions between the FJP and Nour Party is at an all-time high over the dismissal of Nour Party member Khaled Alam Eddin, the president’s advisor for environmental affairs, from the presidential team.

Nasr called for an investigation into allegations driven by former presidential spokesperson Yasser Ali that claim Alam Eddin was abusing his post for personal gain.

Khaled Al-Sheref, media consultant to Construction and Development Party, demanded the president's office issue a statement revealing the facts behind Alam Eddin’s dismissal.

In response, the president's office released a statement Tuesday saying Alam Eddin was dismissed based on “information according to which he could not continue with his role in order to preserve the presidential [team's] standing.”

The statement added that the decision was not based on Alam Eddin's partisan affiliation and that dismissing any adviser is a “decision taken by the president's office based on national interests.” The president's office also expressed its appreciation for Egypt's political factions and their willingness to come to the table for talks, singling out the Nour Party in particular.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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