Egyptian Religious Group to Mediate Between Mursi, Salafists

Egyptian Islamist group Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya received backing from President Mohamed Mursi to mediate in the dispute between the presidency and the Salafi Al-Nour party.

The move aims at easing the row with the party after the dismissal of the president’s Salafi adviser Khaled Alam El-Din, Nasr Abdel Salam, head of Al-Gamaa’s political arm, the Building and Development Party, said by phone today.

Alam El-Din had reacted angrily to being fired as a Mursi adviser, and another member of the Nour Party quit as aide to the president in sympathy.

The row risks depriving Mursi of an ally amid opposition pressure to form a unity government and amend the Islamist-drafted constitution. The Nour party, representing Salafists who follow an ultra-orthodox brand of Islam, finished second in the last parliamentary election behind the Muslim Brotherhood’s party, which Mursi led before becoming president.

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