Political alliances form for parliament elections
Egyptian Parliament - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Amr Mousa, the former head of the 50-member committee responsible for drafting the Constitution, is working on forming an electoral alliance to support newly elected President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi in the upcoming parliament, which will be elected in mid-July.

Mousa, along with former Director of the General Intelligence Directorate Murad Muwafi and former Interior Minister Ahmed Gamal El Din of the Hisham Qandil Cabinet, began preparing the alliance to back Sisi, who said in previous interviews before becoming president he would not join or form a political party, Youm7 reported.

The alliance was announced at a meeting of political parties Wednesday, where they discussed joining the alliance.

The closed meeting included Wafd Party head El-Sayyed El-Badawy, Democratic Egyptian Party head Mohamed Abul Ghar, National Association for Change head Abdel Gelel Mosat, Al-Tagammu Party head Sayed Abdel Aal, former MP Amr el-Shoubky, Free Egyptians Party head Ahmed Saed and former Foreign Minister Mohamed al-Orabi.

Former presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi has also formed an alliance to include parties that supported him in the 2014 presidential election. It will include the Dostour Party, the Popular Current, the Justice Party, the Popular Alliance Party, the National Partnership and the Karama Party.

Sabbahi met with his alliance’s parties today, and announced he will not run for parliament in any capacity, but will help his alliance run in parliamentary elections.

He said the alliance will send a memorandum to Sisi calling on him to amend the newly adopted Parliamentary Law, Youm7 reported.

The law draft included a controversial article that states parliament members are to be elected according to the Parliamentary Elections Law with 420 members according to the single system and 120 members according to the list system.

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