Egypt's alliance of liberal and leftist parties said on Thursday it opposed excluding Islamist parties from political life after the military-backed authorities arrested Muslim Brotherhood leaders. "We confirm our strong belief in the right of all political groups to express their opinions freely, and to form their own political parties," the National Salvation Front said.
"What Egypt is witnessing now is not a military coup by any standards. It was a necessary decision that the Armed Forces' leadership took to protect democracy, maintain the country's unity and integrity, restore stability," it added. (Reuters)