The National Association for Change (NAC) is a loose affiliation of anti-Mubarak groups in Egypt. Mohamed ElBaradei is nominally in charge of it, and the Muslim Brotherhood is involved in it, but it contains numerous non-Brotherhood entities as well. Apparently, those groups consist of venomous Islamophobes, because only the latter believe that the Muslim Brotherhood is in the driver’s seat in Egypt, and that what we’re seeing is not a flowering of democracy and pluralism but a movement toward an Islamic state.
“NAC asks Muslim Brotherhood to guarantee secular state,” from AlMasry AlYoum, June 11:
The National Association for Change (NAC) urged the Muslim Brotherhood to present guarantees for the preservation of the secular nature of the state if elections are conducted before a new constitution is drafted.
At a meeting two days ago at the clinic of Abdel Guelil Mostafa, general coordinator of the NAC, members said there should be guarantees that freedoms and democracy will be respected, and called for specific criteria for the formation of the panel which will draft Egypt’s new constitution.
Ahmed Drag, the NAC’s assistant general coordinator, said secular political powers and the Brotherhood harbor fears of each other, adding that the NAC has asked the Brotherhood for certain guarantees if the elections are held before the new constitution is drafted.
Drag said the NAC is also awaiting the Brotherhood’s demands for specific guarantees if the constitution is drawn up before elections….
And what a drag it will be if you get your guarantees, Drag, and then find them to be useless.