|Baradei (l) and Sabbahi (epa)|
Morsi got the he support for the planned election from Islamist groups, including the Muslim Brotherhood and the ultra-conservative Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya's Construction and Development Party. Opposition forces, however, raised objections, because they were sidelined in talks over setting elections laws and timeframe. Mohamed ElBaradei, a founding member of the main opposition bloc, the National Salvation Front (NSF), called for a boycott, saying he will not be "part of an act of deception." Other opposition figures have echoed similar sentiments, including liberal political analyst and ex-MP, Amr Hamzawy. He cited "unfair" political, constitutional and legal regulations that "are not compatible with democracy."
Before the presidential announcement the NSF demanded judicial guarantees and international oversight of the elections to ensure transparency. The Egyptian Popular Current, led by Nasserist politician Hamdeen Sabbahi, stated last week it will boycott the coming parliamentary elections, regardless of guarantees, in objection to the current "undemocratic regime." Sabbahi himself, a leading NSF figure, said that what would guarantee fair electoral competition is the formation of an "unbiased" government instead of the FJP-majority cabinet to supervise the elections, forming a committee that would redraft the disputed constitutional articles, dismissing the current president-appointed prosecutor-general, and empowering the judiciary to fully supervise the coming elections.