Mohamed Abu Samra, the secretary-general of the Islamic Party affiliated with Islamic Jihad, said on Wednesday that the party, would try to mobilize people for what he described as “hindering the referendum on the new constitution.”
He stressed his rejection of the draft constitution, in principle, explaining that the party, which belongs to the Pro-Mohamed Morsy National Alliance to Support Legitimacy, and Islamic Jihad would not allow the new constitutioin to see the light of day.
“The final decision of the alliance to express this rejection has not been made yet,” he told Al-Masry Al-Youm. “The Alliance believes that the referendum will be rigged in the current circumstances, where opponents are being arrested, and opponents’ media is not given a chance.”
On the other hand, the Construction and Development Party, the political arm of the Jama’a al-Islamiya, denied the news of the Alliance holding a press conference on Thursday to announce boycotting of the referendum on the draft constitution.
The party said in a statement on Wednesday, “the final decision of the alliance, according to the last meeting, is to defer the declaration of [our] stance position until the end of the consultations.”
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm