CAIRO: The Popular Coalition will not run for parliamentary elections if President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi refused the suggestions of the democratic current to amend the law of the parliamentary elections, coalition head Abdel Gafaar Shokr told Al-Shorouq Tuesday.
Shokr said that these amendments would “guarantee participation and competition for the political parties that have financial capabilities.”
Last Sunday, prominent activist and Kefaya movement founder George Ishak presented President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi a memorandum to amend the parliamentary election law to a mixed system: 180 candidates (1/3 of the total) chosen through a list system, and the remaining 360 through an individual system.
Shokr told Youm7 Tuesday that the current parliamentary system does not enable women and youth to run in the elections, adding that the coalition seeks to gather the largest number of parties.
“If the system is not amended, we cannot run for the parliamentary elections practically,” Shokr added.
The parliamentary election is the third phase of the political roadmap announced by then –Secretary of Defense Abdel Fatah al-Sisi July 3, 2013 after the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi. The first two were the amendment of the constitution followed by the presidential election.
The parliamentary election law has been criticized by several Egyptian political parties, who have dubbed it a “gateway” for Muslim Brotherhood members and former President Hosni Mubarak figures to participate in the parliament.
Additionally reporting by Mohamed Magdy al-Sisi and Abdel Lateef Sobh.