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Le pari de Hamdeen Sabbahi

Il sera le symbole d'une transition poussive, ou le faire-valoir d'un maréchal, candidat non déclaré mais déjà plébiscité. Hamdeen Sabbahi, militant de la gauche Nassérienne, se présente aux élections présidentielle égyptiennes qui devraient avoir lieu en avril 2014. Il est d'ailleurs le premier à présenter officiellement sa candidature.

Il a forgé sa posture politique sur une sensibilité nationaliste et populaire. Son slogan fétiche Wahed menena ("l'un d'entre nous") et le nom de son nouveau parti, le Courant Populaire Egyptien (CPE), confirment cette réalité d'homme du peuple. C'est cette "authenticité" populaire qui lui a valu son score important aux dernières élections présidentielles égyptiennes. Il avait en effet obtenu 21,1% des suffrages exprimés, soit près de 4,8 millions de voix, talonnant de très près le candidat Ahmed Shafik, dernier premier ministre de Moubarak, et Mohamad Morsi, candidat des Frères Musulmans et président destitué.

Son parcours politique est cohérent: Militant et activiste d'opposition durant l'époque de Sadate et de Moubarak, Sabbahi n'a cessé de développer, depuis ses années d'étude à l'Université du Caire jusqu'à la campagne présidentielle de 2012, des discours tournés vers la justice sociale et le renforcement du système démocratique. En cela, il est peut-être le dernier symbole politique encore debout du 25 janvier 2011; celui d'un pouvoir civil, par opposition au pouvoir militaire mais aussi religieux.

Pourtant, en bon Nassérien historique, il n'a jamais attaqué l'armée ni ses représentants et dit aussi souvent que possible son respect pour la personne d'Al Sissi. Alors Sabbahi est-il un figurant destiné à rendre cette élection plus crédible aux yeux du monde - les Egyptiens ayant semble-t-il avoir déjà fait leur choix - ou est-il un vrai candidat et donc un opposant déterminé?

Il semble n'être ni l'un ni l'autre.

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La plate-forme de la campagne électorale de Sabbahi : liberté, justice sociale, dignité

La plate-forme de la campagne électorale de Sabbahi : liberté, justice sociale, dignité | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

By HANY OTHMAN and MOHAMED EL-DIB

CAIRO: The political party Popular Current published on Monday the presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi’s platform, which focuses on three main topics: freedom protected by a democratic government, social justice achieved by comprehensive development, and dignity protected by national independence.

For domestic issues, the platform focuses on national security, especially reforming the security service; decentralization of power; the efficacy of state institutions; and countering corruption, said the current in a press statements posted on its official Facebook page. The platform would also tackle issues concerning civil society, Al-Azhar, the judiciary authority, media, culture, and arts.

The platform’s second theme highlights social and economic rights; redistribution of the population; major national projects; development of industry, agriculture, energy and technological research; and the development of tourism services, transportation, education, medical services. Development of Sinai, Nuba, Suez Canal, Wadi Gedid, and the northern coast is also included in the platform, the statement added.

Regarding foreign policy, the platform would emphasize the significance of rebuilding relations with the Nile Basin countries and the development of the African continent. Foreign policy would also tackle relations with Asian and European states.

Popular Current’s campaign for Sabbahi also called for a march on Feb. 20 to back him in the upcoming presidential elections, said campaign spokesperson Amali Ahmed to Youm7.

“We are still in all of Egypt’s squares collecting signatures of people to support Sabahi in the upcoming presidential elections. Hamdeen is the symbol of the revolution. We will exert our best efforts to make him win,” he added.

Originally published in Youm7. 

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Hamdeen Sabbahi est-il une alternative civile ou non ?

Hamdeen Sabbahi est-il une alternative civile ou non ? | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

As all those concerned with Egypt's turbulent political situation hold their breath for Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's much-anticipated presidential bid, there are a few others who believe that there is still a chance for civilian rule.

For those, the candidacy of Hamdeen Sabbahi, founder of the Popular Current, who came third in the last presidential race in June 2012 with almost five million votes, presents one last hope for a civilian and democratic state. His failure, they say, could mean the militarization of the Egyptian state with Sisi winning the presidential race.

But, it may be, as many commentators aver, that amid widespread support for Sisi as president, the candidacy of Sabbahi, who has just declared his intention to run, is a waste of time.

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Le difficile pari de Sabahi

Le difficile pari de Sabahi | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Avec la candidature de Hamdine Sabahi à la présidence de la République, la course à la magistrature suprême est désormais lancée. (...)

La question à présent est la sui­vante : Sabahi peut-il changer l’équilibre des forces dans cette élection ? Et quel est son véritable poids ? En réalité, les chances de Sabahi sont quasi inexistantes. Pour certains, la candidature de Sabahi ne changera rien à l’équation. Son rôle se limitera à jouer aux figurants pour apporter à l’élection présiden­tielle un décor démocratique et créer une sorte de compétition même si elle n’est pas réelle. Car il semble que l’élection est gagnée d’avance par le maréchal Al-Sissi. En échange de sa participation, Sabahi obtiendrait alors quelques avantages dans le cadre d’un accord tacite avec le pouvoir. Mais pour le politologue Adel Soliman, président du Centre international des études du futur, d’autres raisons ont poussé Sabahi à se présenter aux élections. Selon lui, l’ancien candidat à la présidence doit prouver qu’il est encore là. « Sabahi est toujours un des symboles de la révolution qui a le soutien de nombreux jeunes », soutient pour sa part Achraf Al-Chérif, professeur de sciences politiques à l’Université américaine du Caire. Et d’ajouter : « Il existe une masse électorale qui est à la fois contre l’armée et les Frères musulmans et qui a besoin d’un candidat qui exprime ses rêves et les revendications de la révolution du 25 janvier en matière de liberté et de justice sociale. Ce sont les gens qui n’ont pas participé au récent référendum sur la Constitution. Ces gens dont beau­coup sont des jeunes pensent que Hamdine Sabahi peut être leur can­didat ». Hamdine Sabahi peut se servir de cette masse pour d’une part conclure un accord avec Al-Sissi et obtenir une place au sein du prochain gouvernement en cas de victoire du maréchal, et d’autre part se forger l’image du leader de l’opposition. L’élection présiden­tielle doit se tenir avant les législa­tives, contrairement à ce que pré­voyait la feuille de route mise en place après le renversement de Mohamad Morsi. Elle devrait avoir lieu en avril ou mai prochains.

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Le parti Nour salue la décision de Sabbahi d'être candidat à l'élection présidentielle

Le parti Nour salue la décision de Sabbahi d'être candidat à l'élection présidentielle | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

By KAMEL KAMEL

CAIRO: Member of the presidential council for the Nour Party Shaaban Abdel-Alim welcomed Hamdeen Sabbahi’s decision to run in the upcoming presidential elections.

Abdel-Alim told Youm7 that Sabbahi’s candidacy creates competition in the presidential bid, which is in the interests of the Egyptian public.

“Any candidate should have a program with a clear vision, especially about the economic and security challenges facing Egypt”, he stressed.

Originally published in Youm7.

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Egypte: le leader de gauche Sabbahi se présentera à la présidentielle

Egypte: le leader de gauche Sabbahi se présentera à la présidentielle | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Une figure de la gauche égyptienne, Hamdeen Sabbahi, a annoncé samedi qu'il se présenterait à l'élection présidentielle prévue cette année et pour laquelle le chef de l'armée Abdel Fattah al-Sissi, est donné grand favori.

Il s'agit de la première personnalité politique de poids à annoncer sa candidature au scrutin dont la date n'a pas encore été fixée.

Très populaire, le maréchal Sissi, également ministre de la Défense, n'a pas encore annoncé officiellement sa candidature mais il ne fait pas mystère de ses intentions depuis qu'il a destitué le président élu Mohamed Morsi le 3 juillet et que le gouvernement mis en place réprime ses partisans.

Lors de la présidentielle de juin 2012 remportée par l'islamiste Morsi, M. Sabbahi était arrivé troisième au premier tour, pas loin derrière M. Morsi et un ancien Premier ministre du président déchu Hosni Moubarak, Ahmad Chafiq.

Il était ensuite devenu l'un des plus virulents détracteurs de M. Morsi.

Dans un discours à ses partisans, retransmis en direct à la télévision, M. Sabbahi a annoncé sa candidature, déclenchant des cris de joie parmi son auditoire: "Notre vote pour Sabbahi !"

"J'espère que ma décision va plaire aux jeunes et répondra à leurs demandes", a-t-il ajouté.

  
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Sabbahi prêt à soutenir la candidature d'Al-Sissi si celui-ci "s'engage à atteindre les objectifs de la révolution"

Sabbahi prêt à soutenir la candidature d'Al-Sissi si celui-ci "s'engage à atteindre les objectifs de la révolution" | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

ByNESMA ABDEL AZIM

CAIRO: Hamdeen Sabbahi, founder of the Popular Current movement and possible presidential candidate, said he will call on all political and revolutionary powers to back Abdel Fatah al-Sisi in the next presidential race “as long as he vows to achieve the goals of the revolution.”

Sabbahi told Al-Arabiya TV channel on Friday that he does not aim to divide the public, should people vote Sisi into office, adding that he fears clashes between the army and people in case of protests against Sisi’s regime.

He said the revolution has two enemies, the first is the corrupt figures of Hosni Mubarak‘s regime, and the other is the Muslim Brotherhood who seized the popular revolution.

“We can’t build a successful state without a national partnership between the people and army, but it’s better for the army to keep its original role of protecting the country, not being in power. People love Sisi because he is part of this great institution,” Sabbahi said, adding that he intends to run for president to achieve the revolution’s goals of democracy and social justice.

Since the July 3 ouster of Mohamed Morsi, Field Marshal Abdel Fatah al-Sisi has been seen as a likely candidate to run for presidential office. Although Sisi has not announced an official candidacy, a number of petition campaigns have emerged to encourage him to serve.

Originally published in Youm7.

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Egypte: un chef de l’opposition refuse de voir Kerry, dénonce des pressions

Egypte: un chef de l’opposition refuse de voir Kerry, dénonce des pressions | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Un chef de file de l’opposition égyptienne, Hamdeen Sabahi, a indiqué avoir refusé, avec un autre opposant de renom, Mohamed ElBaradei, de rencontrer le secrétaire d’Etat américain John Kerry, en visite ce week-end au Caire, en raison des pressions de Washington.

Hamdeen Sabahi a indiqué tard jeudi que lui et M. ElBaradei refusaient les pressions américaines visant à convaincre l’opposition de revenir sur sa décision de boycotter des élections législatives, qui doivent s’étaler sur deux mois à partir du 22 avril.

«J’ai reçu une invitation et je l’ai rejetée, et M. ElBaradei en a aussi reçu une et a fait de même», a déclaré dans une interview à la chaîne ONTV ce dirigeant du Front du salut national (FSN), une coalition de partis et de mouvements en majorité de gauche et libéraux.

«Nous voulons envoyer le message que nous rejetons la pression américaine», a-t-il ajouté. (AFP, via Libération)

 

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Hamdeen Sabbahi defies death threats, vows to continue revolutionary path

Hamdeen Sabbahi defies death threats, vows to continue revolutionary path | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Sabbahi stated that this would take place regardless of death threats against him or other members of opposition umbrella group the National Salvation Front (NSF).

 

“Our faith in the revolution kills any threats,” Sabbahi, who stood as a presidential candidate in last year's elections, stated on his official Twitter account on Friday.

 

His comments came in response to a highly controversial fatwa by Al-Azhar University professor and host of a religious television show on the ultraconservative TV channel El-Hafez, Mahmoud Shaaban, last week.

 

Shaaban stated that the opposition should be punished by death for attempting to bring down a leader elected by the public, directly naming Sabbahi and fellow NSF leader Mohamed ElBaradei.

 

Following widespread criticism of the edict, with many calling for harsh measures to be carried out against Shaaban, the presidential office on Thursday released a statement condemning the fatwa.  (Ahram Online, via Egypt.com)


More : http://news.egypt.com/english/permalink/171665.html

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Sabahi renews call for rallying on revolution's anniversary

Sabahi renews call for rallying on revolution's anniversary | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
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Founder of the Popular Current Hamdeen Sabahi renewed on Tuesday his call for Egyptians to rally in Egypt's squares on the anniversary of the January 25 revolution to emphasize the objectives.

Egyptians will not allow any faction to hijack the revolution, Sabahi said.

In a statement broadcast on his YouTube channel, Sabahi said, "We will all gather in the squares of Egypt on January 25 to declare that the revolution continues."

The former presidential candidate affirmed the need for a constitution that represents all Egyptians and achieves justice for the revolution's martyrs.

Sabahi concluded his two-minute statement by saying, "We know that this great people will not stop halfway and what started on January 25 two years ago will continue by the will of the people."

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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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Sabbahi souligne le danger d'avoir un président militaire

Sabbahi souligne le danger d'avoir un président militaire | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Presidential hopeful Hamdeen Sabbahi highlighted the danger of having a military president during a television appearance Tuesday, saying that a popular uprising against such a head of state could jeopardize the military institution.

The military would take the side of the public in a revolt against a civilian president, but a similar act against a president who hailed from its own ranks would put Egypt’s Armed Forces in a difficult position, Sabbahi said during an interview with private satellite channel Dream TV.

The Popular Current party leader, who came in third in 2012 presidential elections, is the first candidate to formally announce his intention to run this year amid widespread speculation that military chief and Defense Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will soon announce his own candidacy. In January, the military formally declared support for the potential bid of its leader.

Sabbahi has repeatedly emphasized his civilian background as his main advantage over Sisi. While criticizing the idea of a military president, the liberal politician said he considers Sisi’s motives for running to be patriotic and would be honored to have the general on his own team should Sabbahi win the election.

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Hamdeen Sabahi a cherché un partenariat avec al-Sissi pour une plate-forme électorale révolutionnaire,mais il n'a pas obtenu de promesse rassurante.

Hamdeen Sabahi a cherché un partenariat avec al-Sissi pour une plate-forme électorale révolutionnaire,mais il n'a pas obtenu de promesse rassurante. | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Presidential hopeful Hamdeen Sabahi has said that he sought a partnership with Defence Minister Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on a revolutionary election platform, yet he did not get a reassuring promise.

"I sought a partnership between the revolution and the state ... but I did not get any reassuring promise," Sabahi said in an interview with television presenter Yousry Fouda on ON TV on Wednesday.  

Last month, Sabahi said that he may withdraw from the presidential race, in case other candidates involve the revolution's principles in their electoral programmes.

Sabahi welcomed Sisi's candidacy for presidency. 

"If Field March Sisi wants to nominate himself, I welcome him as a strong candidate who is popular and loved."

Sisi did not yet declare his intention to run for president. But an army statement last January left it up to Sisi to decide whether he will run for president or not.

Sabahi denied that he was pressured by Sisi supporters to run for presidency.

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Qui est Hamdine Sabahi, seul candidat contre Sissi?

Qui est Hamdine Sabahi, seul candidat contre Sissi? | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Pour le moment, il est tout seul. Alors que le désormais maréchal Sissi n'a pas encore annoncé sa candidature officielle aux élections d'avril 2014, Hamdine Sabahi s'est déjà dressé contre lui. Depuis le 9 février, il est candidat. Le quasi-sextagénaire entame sa deuxième campagne présidentielle en deux ans.

Et pourtant, le politicien de gauche, ancien journaliste et éternel poète, ne s'était pas dressé contre l'autorité militaire égyptienne. Seul espoir des jeunes révolutionnaires, l'homme n'est pas exempt de contradictions. (...)

Protestataire historique, Hamdine Sabahi co-fonde - avec le futur exilé Mohamed El Baradei - L'Association nationale pour le changement, un an avant la révolution de 2011, à laquelle il participera activement. Mais il s'est dernièrement montré plus flexible avec le pouvoir.

Fermement opposé au gouvernement des Frères musulmans - "Vous allez rendre les pauvres plus pauvres, ils vous haïront comme ils haïssaient Moubarak", avait-il dit à Morsi lors d'un tête-à-tête - il appelle l'armée à "agir" pour "faire respecter la volonté du peuple" le 30 juin 2013.

Homme de gauche et démocrate auto-proclamé, il n'est pourtant pas critique à l'égard de l'armée. En 2011, il s'attire le courroux de certains collègues en se prononçant contre le transfert de pouvoir immédiat de l'armée à un gouvernement civil.

Il maintient son soutien à Sissi tout au long de la répression contre les Frères musulmans. "Nous resterons main dans la main, le peuple, l'armée et la police",déclare-t-il en 2013.

Parallèlement, le nassérien souhaite conserver la Charia en tant que source de législation. En 1955, Gamal Abdel Nasser faisait abolir les tribunaux de la Charia.

Son point de stabilité aura toujours été son positionnement économique. Il fustige tour à tour la politique économique libérale de Sadate, Moubarak et Morsi. Mais même cette fidélité à l'anti-libéralisme n'est pas sans faille. Sabahi n'hésite pas à saluer des pays aussi libéraux que les Emirats Arabes Unis, le Koweït et l'Arabie Saoudite, lesquels soutiennent le régime de Sissi.

De Mohamed Morsi, Sabahi disait: "Il se débarrasse de l'échelle qui l'a fait monter". Selon Sabahi, Morsi ne serait donc pas resté fidèle à ses promesses et à ses idéaux. L'échelle de Sabahi n'a plus qu'à bien se tenir.

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Amr Moussa a salué la décision de Sabbahi de se porter candidat à l'élection présidentielle

Amr Moussa a salué la décision de Sabbahi de se porter candidat à l'élection présidentielle | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

By AMEEN SALEH

CAIRO: In a statement issued Monday head of the 50-member committee Amr Moussa hailed Hamdeen Sabbahi’s decision to run for the presidency as a bold move.

“This decision opens the door from now for a competitive election battle which supports the democratic process called for by the January 25 Revolution,” he added.

The presidential elections are the next step in the road map and will be a battle about the future, he said.

Moussa also welcomed the presence of an electoral field allowing for competition between different candidates for the highest post in Egypt.

Originally published in Youm7.

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Le mouvement Tamarroud suspend certains de ses leaders pour cause de soutien à Sabbahi.

Egypt's Tamarod (Rebel) movement announced late Saturday that the memberships of three of its founders have been frozen after they violated the movement's decision to back Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi in the upcoming presidential elections.

The suspended members are Hassan Shahin, Mohamed Abdel-Azizi and Khaled El-Kady.

The decision came after the three announced their support for presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi during a press conference on Saturday where the Nasserist leader officially announced that he is running in the coming electoral poll scheduled in Spring 2014.

According to a statement issued by Tamarod's official website, an emergency meeting will be held Monday by the movement's general assembly to look into "the violations committed by the movement's members."

Tamarod, widely credited for mobilising for the ouster of Mohamed Morsi in July 2013, has thrown its weight behind El-Sisi in December, 2013 — if he runs in the presidential elections.

While the army general  has not yet officially announced his presidential candidacy, he is widely expected to be Egypt's next president. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces empowered him to run for the top position last week.

Meanwhile, in an interview with Al-Ahram Arabic news website, Refaee Nasrallah, founder of the pro-Sisi Kamel Gemeilak campaign vowed to sue Shahin after he allegedly accused the campaign during Saturday's press conference of being funded by members of the former Mubarak regime.

Kamel Gemeilak was founded to urge El-Sisi to run for the presidency.

Nasrallah further added that he saw the backing of Sabbahi by the Tamarod members as "fishy."

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Sabbahi a déclaré, ce samedi, qu'il sera candidat à la prochaine élection présidentielle

Sabbahi a déclaré, ce samedi, qu'il sera candidat à la prochaine élection présidentielle | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Egyptian leftist politician Hamdeen Sabahi said on Saturday he had decided to run for the presidency in a forthcoming election that army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is widely expected to win.

Sabahi came third in the 2012 election won by Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood, who was deposed by the army in July following mass protests against his rule.

"My personal decision as a citizen is to run for the coming presidential elections," Sabahi said in a public address. (Reporting by Ali Abdelatti; Writing by Tom Perry; editing by Ralph Boulton)

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Sabahi: Mursi's approach widens rift between Egyptians

Sabahi: Mursi's approach widens rift between Egyptians | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
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President Mohamed Mursi's approach in running the country widens the gap between Egyptians whom the revolution united, Hamdeen Sabahi, a leading figure in the oppositionist National Salvation Front, has said.

"We will not tolerate a new tyrant, whether it is a person or a group," Sabahi said in an interview with al-Tunisia channel and his meeting with secretary general of the Tunisian General Labour Union.

Egyptians are divided at a time when we in dire need of rallying around a national endeavour, the former presidential candidate said.

Sabahi is currently participating in the World Social Forum held in the Tunisian capital with the participation of hundreds of parties and political powers from different countries.

 

This content is from :Aswat Masriya  
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Protest group to boycott Egypt parliamentary vote

Protest group to boycott Egypt parliamentary vote | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

A major grass roots movement has said it will not participate in Egypt’s forthcoming parliamentary polls to protest against the policy of President Mohammad Mursi.

“We will not field any candidate in the coming parliamentary elections and will not support a regime that has turned against the objectives of the January (2011) revolution,” the Popular Current Movement said in a statement late Tuesday following a crisis meeting.

The group, led by former presidential contender Hamdeen Sabahi, decided against quitting the main opposition bloc, the National Salvation Front.

 

The bloc, an umbrella grouping of leftists and liberals, has hinted it may boycott the polls unless it gets guarantees for fair and free elections, including the replacement of the Islamist-backed government and international monitoring of the balloting.

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Opposition leader aims to break Islamist dominance

Opposition leader aims to break Islamist dominance | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
A coalition of Egyptian opposition groups is forging a common electoral platform as it seeks to capitalize on setbacks for Islamists who have dominated the country's politics since its Arab Spring uprising.
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Hamdeen Sabbahi, a firebrand politician who ran for president last year, told Reuters the opposition National Salvation Front coalition could win a parliamentary majority in April if it rises above differences that split its ranks in past elections.

The well-organized Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamists could take most seats in the vote, but liberals and other opponents look likely to pose a much bigger challenge this time.

They could be aided by growing frustration at the failure of President Mohamed Morsy and his Muslim Brotherhood allies to steady an economy hammered by two years of turmoil since autocratic leader Hosni Mubarak was ousted almost two years ago.

"The front will set aside its differences now in favor of the national goal it is heading for," Sabbahi said in an interview at the headquarters of his Popular Current movement in Cairo. "Our goal is to prevent one group's hegemony in the Parliament, the government and the presidency."

Islamists won about 70 percent of seats in a parliamentary election last year, but the assembly was dissolved by court order months later because the electoral rules were deemed to be unconstitutional.

"If the elections are honest and we run with good management, which is what we expect, we will get more than 50 percent of seats," said Sabbahi, 58.

Sabbahi said the NSF, whose membership ranges from unabashed socialists to nationalists and economic liberals, was forging a common economic platform focused on principles of social justice that united those disparate ideologies.

Sabbahi came third in the presidential race last year, which Morsy went on to win. Analysts said liberals or others would have done better had they agreed on a single candidate.

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Religion cannot be used for political ends: Sabbahi

Religion cannot be used for political ends: Sabbahi | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Opposition leader Hamdeen Sabbahi says longstanding Islamist practice of using places of worship for electioneering should be formally outlawed and subject to prosecution

Egypt-actus's insight:

Former presidential candidate and founder of the Popular Egyptian Current movement Hamdeen Sabbahi on Saturday called for the prosecution of anyone found using places of worship for electoral campaigning in the run-up to Egypt's parliamentary polls.

 

During an interview with prominent television anchor Mahmoud Saad on NAhar TV, Sabbahi – whose Popular Current intends to contest upcoming elections under the umbrella of the opposition National Salvation Front (NSF) – called on Egypt's poor to stop parliamentary candidates from exploiting their votes to achieve political ends in the name of religion.

Islamist parties have long been accused of using mosques and religious discourse to persuade voters to cast ballots for their candidates.

In advance of Egypt's post-revolution constitutional referendum on 19 March 2011, Islamist figures reportedly warned voters that those who voted against proposed constitutional amendments would 'go to hell.'  

"There are parties who have exploited [the notion of] Islamic Law more than they have served it," Sabbahi asserted.

Sabbahi went on to stress that Egypt's political opposition "holds no grudge" against the forces of political Islam, nor was it opposed – as has been alleged by some – to Islamic Law.

"All protests scheduled for 25 January in Tahrir Square and in squares throughout the country will not be due to feelings of resentment towards the Brotherhood, but rather out of love for Egypt and in support of the rights of the poor and the blood of the martyrs," Sabbahi stated.

On the upcoming polls, Sabbahi stressed that the NSF – of which he is a leading member – would not take part unless 11 conditions intended to guarantee fair and transparent polling were met.

"We want to ensure unbiased monitoring of the elections," he said. "If these demands aren't met we will chose a different path."

Sabbahi also expressed disappointment with the performance of President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood from which the president hails, accusing them of abusing the trust of the Egyptian people.

"President Morsi is a prisoner of and subordinate to an authority more sovereign than he is – that is, the Muslim Brotherhood's Guidance Bureau," Sabbahi said. He added that Morsi was "not a representative of the revolution and is only serving the Muslim Brotherhood." (Ahram Online)

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