Combined images of (LR) Abdel-Moneim Said, former chairman of the board of Al-Ahram Press Organization and Emad Gad, consultant at the Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies.
“More than 100 participants means the dialogue could turn into a workshop discussion that leads nowhere,” Said said, adding that the dialogue should not exceed three months.
“The dialogue should also focus on the review of Egypt’s Vision 2014 and 2030,” he said, noting that the dialogue should be “simple, concise, straight to the point and not a waste of time”. .
Said and Gad’s statement came at a symposium hosted by the leftist Tagammu party on Friday under the title “About Egyptian National Dialogue, Political Multilateralism and the Reform We Want”.
Said added that the agenda for the dialogue should focus on opening the debate in three specific areas related to Egypt’s political, security and economic conditions.
“Limiting the debate to these three areas will help participants arrive at a specific set of clear recommendations to present to the President of the Republic,” he said.
Said also recommended that the dialogue not turn into a dirty game between opposition forces and loyalist forces or between supporters of Nasser on one side and supporters of other presidents on the other.
“Participants should understand from the start that this is a dialogue between the civil and secular forces that participated in the June 30 anti-Muslim Brotherhood revolution, and that they reject all political movements in the Islam who seek to transform Egypt into an Iranian-style religious state. .”
In political terms, Said explained that “the importance of focusing the debate on the revision of the Egyptian constitution of 2014 and its amendments in 2019 as well as on the Egyptian vision of 2030 is largely due to the fact that eight years have passed elapsed since the adoption of the constitution in 2014. Meanwhile, there are still eight years to go before Vision 2030 is realized.
“We want to know what political direction the 2014 constitution has taken Egypt in over the past eight years – political and party-based multilateralism? Or a stagnant political life? he said, recommending that “debate in this area should focus on how to change the Egyptian political system and the exercise of political rights in light of developments over the past eight years.”
“For example, article 248 of the amended constitution of 2019 states that it is the Senate that should be mandated to achieve everything possible in the field of the democratization of Egypt and the modernization of its political system. ; we should discuss how to implement this on the ground,” Said noted.
Said – an appointed senator and the current chairman of the board of independent news organization Al-Masry Al-Youm – also argued that “for the dialogue to be fruitful, the participants should focus on the debate on the future of the Egyptian political system and the democratization process,” adding that all participants should avoid reminiscing about past experiences, as this could lead to internal divisions and waste of time.
For his part, Gad said he also agreed that participants in the proposed national dialogue should not exceed 100.
“In this context, I recommend that all Egyptian political parties form a joint committee that will represent them in dialogue in the political, security and economic fields,” Gad said, adding that “in this committee, the political parties will nominate five personalities “. as political activists, five as security experts and five as academics in economics.
“Each character must have both successful field experience and scientific academic knowledge to join the proposed committee,” Gad said.
He also proposed that President El-Sissi hold a three-hour closed meeting with each of the three aforementioned groups, and that this meeting be recorded and broadcast at a later date.
“The recommendations adopted by these meetings must be transformed into a national action plan to be implemented on the ground within a certain period of time,” said Gad, also agreeing that “the invitation to dialogue must be exclusively addressed to the civilian forces who have united against the political movements of Islam.
At an Egyptian Iftar family banquet held on April 26, President Abdel-Fattah El-Sissi called for a national dialogue that can define political, security and economic priorities for the coming period.
The National Training Academy – which was responsible for organizing the dialogue – announced on June 9 that the proposed dialogue would begin the first week of July.
He also announced that the president of the State Press and Information Service Syndicate, Diaa Rashwan, would act as the coordinator of the dialogue, and that Mahmoud Fawzi – the secretary general of the Supreme Media Regulatory Council – would be the secretary general of the dialogue.