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ⓘ Egyptian National Action Group




                                     

ⓘ Egyptian National Action Group

The Egyptian National Action Group or ENAG is a group of expatriate Egyptians created in December 2019 with the aim of overthrowing what is described by the group as military rule in Egypt.

                                     

1. Creation

In December 2019, a group of expatriate Egyptians, including Ayman Nour, a candidate in the 2005 Egyptian presidential election who was held under arrest during six weeks prior to the election, and for four years following the election, announced the creation of the Egyptian National Action Group.

                                     

2. Aim

ENAGs stated aim is to overthrow what is described by the group as military rule in Egypt. The group claimed to have reached "consensus on a number of principles and priorities". Ayman Nour described the "values that unite" ENAG as "democracy, human dignity, justice, equality and freedom". ENAG criticised the Egyptian government, led by president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, for repression of dissidents, and for "neglect common vision of the post-dictatorship era, including a transition period" and was designing a "comprehensive and collaborative national project. to address the most urgent questions around the economy, restructuring of state institutions and limiting of the armys role." Middle East Observer described ENAGs aims in the context of a 28 December 2019 "Egyptian Consensus Document" announced by Mohamed Ali.

                                     

3. Composition and leadership

Ayman Nour presented himself as ENAGs spokesperson. He described the groups composition as including people from "diverse political backgrounds" who "set Islamists".

Nour described the "values that unite" ENAG as "democracy, human dignity, justice, equality and freedom".

                                     

4. Reports and actions

On 2 January 2020, ENAG criticised Egyptian military involvement in the 2019–20 Western Libya offensive of the Second Libyan Civil WAr. ENAG viewed the Egyptian participation as being "in favour of a rogue putschist group that has moved in violation of legitimacy, fighting against the legitimate government that has been produced by the Skhirat Agreement, sponsored by the United Nations and recognised by the whole world, including Egypt."

On 13 January 2020, the day when Moustafa Kassem, a United States US citizen imprisoned in Egypt died after a hunger strike, ENAG stated that 300 detainees in the maximum security wing of Tora Prison had been on hunger strike since 5 January, when a prisoner had died as a result of inadequate medical care.

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