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Egypt Salafist party leader defends decision to back Sisi

In an exclusive interview with Al-Monitor, Nader Bakkar, the deputy chairman for media affairs of Egypt's Salafist Nour Party, takes stock after the election of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi as president.
Nour party spokesman Nader Bakkar attends a news conference about constitution in Cairo December 5, 2013. The Islamist party that backed the army's ouster of President Mohamed Mursi urged Egyptians to vote in favor of a new constitution in an upcoming referendum, saying that would spare the country more turmoil. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany  (EGYPT - Tags: POLITICS RELIGION) - RTX164ZJ
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CAIRO — “Our party is being subjected to widespread criticism aimed at undermining the party and its members," Nader Bakkar, the deputy chairman for media affairs of Egypt's Nour Party, told Al-Monitor in an exclusive interview at its headquarters in Cairo.

"But we will not get caught in side battles, we will focus on our work in the streets and with the citizens,” Bakkar said, responding to those who have criticized the Islamic Nour Party for supporting Abdel Fattah al-Sisi for president.

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