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Erian: Certain Parties Are Actively Working Against Democratization

Erian: Certain Parties Are Actively Working Against Democratization | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

As dark forces work in direct opposition to every step Egypt takes on the path of real democratization, the Muslim Brotherhood’s political arm, the Freedom and Justice Party, trusts in the people and political stability.

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At a news conference with a delegation of the Moroccan Justice and Development Party Tuesday, Dr. Essam El-Erian, Vice-Chairman of the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), affirmed that there are challenges facing the Egyptians at the moment.


"We have a strong economic challenge, as well as a strong challenge in building State institutions. We are confident in the ability of the Egyptian street to overcome the current obstacles. The situation is generally moving towards political stability, especially after the adoption of the Constitution and the completion of the upcoming parliamentary elections."
"Already, the Shura Council (the upper, consultative house of Egypt’s parliament) is a positive partner in the legislative branch, and has several very important laws to debate and pass, including the new election law, which will yield a vital new parliamentary and political reality. Everyone is certain there will be several new political forces." (Ikhwan web)
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National Salvation Front to run two separate lists in elections

National Salvation Front to run two separate lists in elections | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
The National Salvation Front intends to context seats for the House of Representatives with two separate electoral lists, to be united later in Parliament under the title “The Front,” sources at the front said on Monday.
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The first list includes the Wafd Party, the Egyptian Social Democratic Party and the Free Egyptians Party, while the second includes the Popular Current, the Socialist People's Alliance, the Karama Party and the Nasserist Party.

The two will be competing in all constituencies, while National Salvation Front parties will coordinate among themselves in running for individual seats.

The front will also form a shadow government, in order to be prepared to form a Cabinet in the event of reaching a parliamentary majority.

According to sources, the recent meeting of the front was preceded by disputes after some members protested the Strong Egypt Party joining the front, since the party is headed by former Muslim Brotherhood leading member Abdel Moneim Abouel Fotouh.

Sources said that head of Wafd Party Al-Sayed Al-Badawi is under pressure by party members demanding that the party runs in the election alone, since it won the largest number of seats out of any secular party in the previous election.

The internal pressure within the Wafd Party is reportedly what lead Popular Current head Hamdeen Sabbahi to suggest that the Salvation Front runs with two separate electoral lists, something which was welcomed by other members of the front.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm  (Egypt independent)

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April 6 Youth Movement discusses new political party with Sabbahi

April 6 Youth Movement discusses new political party with Sabbahi | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Former presidential candidate and Popular Current founder Hamdeen Sabbahi met with members of the political bureau of the April 6 Youth Movement Friday evening to discuss the formation of “a new revolutionary political alliance, that does not include remnants of the former regime,” said a statement issued by the movement on Saturday.

The statement said the meeting saw “an exchange of views on the current situation and mutual opinions on how to get out of the crisis.”

The meeting also reportedly discussed the need to build a strong revolutionary alliance without any figures considered symbols of the former regime.

April 6 Youth Movement founder Ahmed Maher said that such efforts aimed “to restore the political balance and stand against tyranny," and said that the new alliance would use an organized framework to build agreement among all parties.

Maher added that the April 6 Youth Movement is not seeking to run for the upcoming House of Representatives elections and does not intend to submit any candidates, but thinks of itself as a conscience movement linking different national parties.

He said that the movement is concerned with building and supporting an electoral list that reflects the revolution.

According to Maher, the meeting came within a series of meetings held by representatives of the April 6 Youth Movement with different political forces, parties, writers and thinkers to unify their efforts.

The movement's political bureau members who participated in the meeting included Mohamed Sami, Mohamed Ibrahim, Mahmoud Afify, Ingy Hamdy and Amal Sherif.

Edited translation from al-Masry al-Youm (Egypt independent)

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Abou el Fotouh denies alliance with Salvation Front

Abou el Fotouh denies alliance with Salvation Front | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Former presidential candidate and Strong Egypt Party head Abdel Moneim Abouel Fotouh has denied any intention to merge with the National Salvation Front in the upcoming parliamentary elections, accusing the front of deepening political divides.

Abouel Fotouh told independent daily Al-Shorouk that his party had not, and will not, ask to join the front, stressing that they refuse to engage in politics through the group.

Abouel Fotouh added that his party does not mind coordinating with other revolutionary groups for the upcoming House of Representatives elections, but ruled out allying with the National Salvation Front, which, he claimed, contains both revolutionary and anti-revolutionary figures.

He had earlier called upon the front to purge its ranks of members affiliated with the regime of former President Hosni Mubarak.

“If some National Salvation Front parties, such as the Popular Socialist Alliance or the Dostour Party, are eager to coordinate with us as separate entities, we have no objection to that,” Abouel Fotouh said.

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ElBaradei and Abouel Fotouh discuss alliance in next elections

ElBaradei and Abouel Fotouh discuss alliance in next elections | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
Talk of political alliances ahead of upcoming parliamentary elections increased yesterday after a meeting that included Strong Egypt Party head Abdel Moneim Abouel Fotouh, Constitution Party head Mohamed ElBaradei and Egypt Party head Amr Khaled.
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During the meeting, held at Abouel Fotouh's home, the three discussed potentially forming yet another electoral alliance to compete in the elections, and agreed to form a committee to manage the coalition during elections.

ElBaradei stressed during the meeting that any alliance must fall within the framework of the National Salvation Front, which has become the default umbrella group for opposition forces.

Other sources said that Khaled will coordinate with a number of parties within the front and other public figures to broker an agreement on how to contest the elections.

The parties also agreed to keep news of the coalition under wraps until the Constitution Party discusses it with its members who are involved with the front.

During the meeting, which lasted for two and a half hours, ElBaradei said that the new alliance would also welcome other parties.

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