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How much leverage do Salafists have in Egypt's parliament?

Rumors emerge about the Nour Party’s intentions now that it is being criticized for failing to represent its Salafi constituency.
Electoral banners for the Salafist political party "al-Nour" (top) are seen in Shubra area in Cairo during the second day of the second round of Egypt's parliamentary elections, Egypt, November 23, 2015. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany - RTX1VH3O
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CAIRO — A number of Salafists are calling for the Nour Party to suspend its activities in parliament, saying its lawmakers failed to block legislation they believe contradicts Sharia. Among their examples, they cite the recent law on building churches and the law increasing criminal penalties for female genital mutilation.

The Salafists say they have conducted an online vote on whether to freeze the Nour Party’s participation in parliament. Most users of the Salafi websites and forums who participated voted for a freeze, the Salafists say.

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