CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s main opposition alliance has got itself into a muddle by appearing to endorse a call for the overthrow of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi, then backing away.
“The NSF will fully align to the demands of the Egyptian people calling to topple the regime of tyranny and domination of the Muslim Brotherhood,” a statement by the National Salvation Front issued late on Saturday said.
After a week of violence between protesters and the security forces in which 59 people have died, it called for Mursi, his interior minister and “all his partners in those crimes” to be investigated and put on trial for “killings, torture and illegal detentions”.
“The NSF supports all forms of peaceful protest to achieve these demands, and calls for the Egyptians to rally peacefully in all the streets of Egypt in defense of Egyptian dignity.”
The Front includes liberal politicians such as former U.N. nuclear watchdog Mohamed ElBaradei and former Arab League chief Amr Moussa, who last week signed a statement mediated by the country’s leading Muslim scholar renouncing violence and calling for a national dialogue.