Salafists in Egypt call for early elections to avoid ‘civil war’

Egyptian salafists are calling for early presidential elections to stave off prospects of civil war in the country. (File photo: AFP)

Egypt’s Salafist Nour party is urging the government to respond to protesters’ demands and avoid “civil war” by setting a date for early presidential elections, al-Ahram Online reported Tuesday.

“Even though we support the legitimacy” of President Mohamed Mursi, Egypt’s “interests” should also be taken into consideration,” Nour said in a statement.

The Salafists also called for a government of technocrats, and a committee for constitutional amendments.

Mass protests urging Mursi to cede power started on June 30, marked his first anniversary as president.

On Sunday, 16 people were killed after clashes between his supporters and opponents.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:41 - GMT 06:41