Parties seek power balance in upcoming parliamentary elections
Egyptian Parliament - YOUM7 (Archive)
By AYA SAMIR

CAIRO: The upcoming parliamentary elections represent Egypt’s third part of the roadmap that was announced by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi after the ousting of former President Mohamed Morsi on July 2013.

Political parties are now preparing to make arrangements with each other to be able to compete in the upcoming parliamentary elections.

“It was obvious that the true problem we faced in the previous parliamentary elections was that we did not have a political party before that would talk about us or stand for our rights,” founder of the Youth of the Third Republic Party Tarek El-Khouly said. “The basic revolution demands were for freedom and moderate life standards for all Egyptians. Therefore, we are announcing the Youth of the Third Republic as the first party to represent who we really are.”

The new established party announced it would cooperate with other parties and political figures so it would be able to compete properly but without any results so far.

Tamarod Movement, lead by Mahmoud Badr, announced in a statement Monday that they are establishing the Arabic Popular Movement in order to be able to compete in the upcoming parliamentary elections.

Badr and Khouly were part of Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s election campaign in the youth committee headed by Hazem Abdel Azim.

Other Islamic parties, such as Nour Party, did not announce its collaboration with other political powers so far, which forces it to compete alone in the upcoming elections. It announced its rejection of standing beside any Muslim Brotherhood parties.

Creating political powers to overwhelm the next parliamentary elections is not every party’s biggest concern. Egypt Party faced a lot of distraction in the last few days after a sweeping resigning movement due to a huge change in its policies, they reveled in a press release Saturday.

Seeking balance would determine other powers to take action in the next elections, former president candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi said in a statement. He will run in the upcoming parliamentary elections but did not announce any alignments with other parties.

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