Sabbahi to participate in parliamentary elections
Hamdeen Sabbahi - YOUM7/Ahmed Ismail

CAIRO: Former presidential candidate and founder of the Popular Current Hamdeen Sabbahi will contest Egypt’s upcoming parliament elections through an electoral alliance, reported Youm7.

“The alliance comprises al-Dostour Party, al-Adl Party, al-Karama Party and Freedom Egypt party,” political coordinator of the Popular Current, Ahmed al-Beheiry told Youm7.

Sabbahi, who is the head of the Egyptian Popular Current that comprises several political parties, is mulling to expand the political alliance by contacting heads of other parties and revolutionary movements, Beheiry said.

Former Vice President of the Supreme Constitutional Court Judge Tahani al-Gebali told Youm7 he considers contesting the parliament elections through an electoral alliance that would become al-Sisi’s “political quarterback.”

According to the 2014 constitution, parliamentary ballots must begin within six months of its ratification: before 18 July.

A draft of the parliamentary elections law was announced on May24. It raised the number of the parliamentary seats from 508 in 2012 parliament to 630 seats.

The law also increased the seats contested via the individual candidacy system to 80 percent and the rest from a party-list system.

Additional reporting by Mostafa Abdel Tawab.

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