Sabbahi says he will not run for parliamentary elections
Hamdeen Sabbahi - YOUM7/Ahmed Ismail

CAIRO: Former presidential candidate and founder of the Popular Current Hamdeen Sabbahi announced that he will not run for the upcoming parliamentary elections, al-Shorouq reported Thursday.

Sabbahi said that he, as a head of the Popular Current, seeks to participate in the upcoming parliamentary ballot with the other six parties that form the Democratic Alliance for Civil Forces.

During the Wednesday meeting of heads of several secular powers and political parties, held in al-Karama party’s headquarters, Sabbahi said he will not run for the parliamentary elections personally but will collaborate with other secular forces for the “interest of the nation.”

Seven Egyptian parties as well as a number of public figures have joined the Democratic Alliance for Civil Forces in preparation for running in the forthcoming parliamentary elections. Sabahi said the Alliance is working on drafting a “unified policy” for all national forces Youm7 reported.

The participating parties include parties of al-Karama, Al Dostor, the Egyptian Socialist,  Justice, Socialist Popular Alliance, Egypt Freedom and the Popular Current.

Furthermore, Sabbahi added that the coalition seeks to include all civil powers and participate in the forthcoming parliamentary elections in coordination with all the national powers.

A draft of the parliamentary elections law was announced on May 24. 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.

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