ESDP compiles list of presidential requirements amid rumors of mass resignation
Secretary General of the Egyptian Social Democratic Party Ahmed Fawzy - YOUM7 (Archive)
By DALIA FAROUK

CAIRO: The Egyptian Social Democratic Party (ESDP) is preparing a memorandum of requirements for the next President, amid rumors that there will be upcoming mass resignations.

The memorandum is entitled “National Partnership,” according to the statements of the Party’s Secretary General Ahmed Fawzy to Youm7 Friday.

He added that the list will be sent to the presidential nominees and their campaigns to discuss their opinions about it.

Fawzy also said that the party decided not to support a specific candidate in the presidential race, but there are many members and leaders in the party who joined the presidential campaigns of the two respective nominees; Field Marshal Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and Hamdeen Sabbahi.

Contentions had arisen prior to a party vote that had been scheduled in order to decide on who the party would endorse in the upcoming presidential elections. However, following the vote the party decided not to endorse a particular candidate, giving their members the right to choose freely instead.

Yet, sources in the party told Youm7 that a number of members of the party’s Supreme Authority are planning to present mass resignations in the next few days, due to party’s decision not to support a particular nominee.

The sources added that these members are coordinating with the 35 other members who resigned last week, for the same reason, and are now deciding between establishing a new party, and joining another one.

However, Tamer el-Meehy, member of the party’s Supreme Authority, told The Cairo Post in Friday that the number was not as high as people stated. While he was uncertain as to the exact number of people who resigned, he confirmed that it is much less than 35.

Further, he added, “Most of the people who resigned had not paid their membership fees for more than two years,” noting that resignation is relatively normal thing in political life due to difference in opinions and changing leadership.

Meehy also said that the party has more than 15,000 members and that those who resigned did so before the Supreme Authority’s voting session on the presidential elections, as a method of pressuring the authority.

Furthermore, Emad Raoof, member of the Free Egyptians Party’s political office, said that resigned members of ESDP joined them, according to Youm7.

Additional reporting by Aya Hossny.

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