Will the Nour Party be dissolved?
Salafi Nour Party leader Younes Makhioun - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Leading member of Free Egyptians Party Emad Raouf said the party will not join any electoral coalitions with the Islamist parties during the upcoming parliamentary elections, he said in a statement to Youm7 and that they filed a lawsuit to dissolve the Salafist Nour Party.

They demanded Egyptian authorities many times before to activate the constitutional articles to dissolve religious parties, including the Nour Party and the Freedom and Justice Party, political arm of Muslim Brotherhood.

The Nour Party’s increasing role during the recent period raised a state of controversy among politicians and experts in the light of the position they adopted to support presidential candidate Abdel Fatah al-Sisi during the upcoming presidential elections. Many experts believe that Nour Party adopted this position to keep its presence in the political scene.

Former Chairperson of Leftist Tagammu Party Refaat Al-Said stressed that the Salafist Party turned to promote Sisi as an Islamist candidate to resume their approach based on using the religion to achieve their personal gains. He said the Islamist party expressed their support for the former military leader to ensure a political role during the upcoming period.

He told The Cairo Post that the Salafist party should be dissolved, stressing that the constitutional amendments passed by the Egyptian people in January banned any political parties or activities based on religion.

According to article 74 of Egypt’s Constitution, no political activity may be practiced and no political parties may be formed on the basis of religion or discrimination based on sex or origin, or on sectarian basis or geographic location.

Nour Party leading member Shaban Abdel Aleem said that Nour Party is not religious party although it has Islamic reference in accordance with the new constitution. He said the constitution has not included a clear definition to the religious parties.

“The next future president does not have the right to decide whether to dissolve the party or not. The matter should be referred to the judiciary whether our party is religious or not,” Abdel Aleem told The Cairo Post.

Presidential candidate Abdel-Fatah Al-Sisi said during his interview with CBC and ONTV satellite channels that the constitution bans the establishment of religious parties or the involvement of any religious entities in politics. He added that he did not make any promises to Nour Party or any other parties.

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