Nour Party to meet Sisi before parliamentary election participation: Bakar
Nader Bakar - YOUM7/Salah Saied
By NOURHAN MAGDI

CAIRO: The Salafi Nour Party plans to discuss its concerns with President Sisi before it decides the size of its participation in the upcoming parliamentary elections, spokesperson for the Nour Party Nader Bakar said Friday.

“The first plan is to discuss first the reservations we have regarding the newly approved Parliamentary Elections Law with the president,” Bakar told The Cairo Post, adding the meeting with the president was not yet scheduled.

He said the Nour Party sees the new Parliament Law as a return “political money” which means that “only who can pay money will be able to win in the elections.”

Furthermore, Bakar criticized the large number of allocated seats for the individual system in comparison to the list system. “This way there will not be equal opportunities.”

The law included increasing number of elected members, reaching 600 members, and also merged two laws of electing people according to the list system and the single system. This would result in the election of 120 members using the list system (20 percent) and 480 for the single system (80 percent).

“We will study the rising coalitions at this time and the existing ones, as it is considered an important step in deciding the way of our participation,” Bakar added.

According to the political roadmap announced after the July 3 ouster of Mohamed Morsi, parliamentary elections should take place within six months of the adoption of the constitution, which was adopted in mid-January. The date for the parliamentary elections is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

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