Nour Party to determine stance on elections after nomination period
Minister of Defense Abdel Fatah al-Sisi - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: The Salafist Nour Party denied reports saying that it would support former Defense Minister Abdel Fatah al-Sisi for president, spokesperson Sherif Taha said in a press release Sunday.

Tarik Al-Sahry, member of the high board of Nour Party, said that the party did not receive any invitations to meet presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi, reported Youm7.

Sahry added that the party expects to negotiate with Sabbahi during the coming political period to discuss supporting him.

He stated that the party is currently examining the political scene to determine its position on the elections, adding that the party would officially announce its stance towards presidential candidates after closing the door for nominations for presidential elections.

The Nour Party announced on March 3 that it would not put forth a presidential candidate but it will choose the best candidate to support based on the party’s measurements.

After Sisi announced his bid, the Muslim Brotherhood, designated as a “terrorist group” by the military-backed government, protested against the military declaring their refusal of Sisi’s presidential candidacy.

The Popular Current and the Socialist Popular Alliance Party are the major political forces which announced their support for Sabbahi.

The Tamarod movement that led protests against former President Mohamed Morsi appears separated over the elections. Some of its leaders declared their support for Sisi and staged demonstrations celebrating his presidential bid, while other members decided to support Sabbahi.

April 6 Youth Movement refused to support either Sisi or any other military figure for president, however they have not determined their stance yet towards Sabbahi.

Additional reporting by Kamel Kamel.

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