Egyptian National Movement to announce parliamentary alliance on Aug. 17
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CAIRO: The Egyptian National Movement Party, headed by former presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq, announced Saturday the formation of a new bloc made up of several political parties, ahead of upcoming parliamentary elections.

Secretary-General of the Egyptian National Movement Party Safwat el-Nahas stated that a political alliance called “The Egyptian Front, Long Live Egypt” will be officially declared in a press conference scheduled for Aug. 17, according to the party’s official website.

Besides the Egyptian National Movement Party, the Egyptian Front is also to include the Conference and Tagammu parties, the Free Republican party, as well as political front “Misr Baladi.”

Nahas also said the bloc maintained an open invitation for other political groups aligned with the same political vision and goals. The party’s deputy head Yehia Qadry argued during a Saturday meeting with involved political parties that alliances between parties who share the same ideology are more beneficial to the Egyptian public, which he said is the main focus of the newly established union.

According to Qadry, the simple Egyptian citizen is “looking for an MP who has compassion for their tough conditions, and has the power to deliver citizens’ voices to the State and demand proper legislation in their best interests,” the party said in a statement released Saturday.

The Congress (Al-Motamar) Party holds diverse secular, liberal and leftist views, since it was formed through the merger of several political factions. Ambassador Mohamed al-Orabi is the chairman of the party, and was preceded by former Arab League head Amr Moussa.

The Tagammu Party describes itself as “progressive and unionist” and is headed by Sayed Abdul Al, who told Youm7 Saturday that the party could consider forming alliances with any other political body as long as their members have not been found guilty of corruption or supported the Muslim Brotherhood.

As for the Free Republican Party, it is headed by Hossam Mostafa, and it is a liberal party founded in 2006 that recognizes Islamic Shariah as the core of legislation and promotes a free economic system.

Finally, “Masr Baladi” (Egypt, My Country) is an independent popular movement established in December 2013.

Shafiq—who served as minister of civil aviation starting in 2002 before being appointed prime minister from Jan. 29-March 3, 2011—has been in the United Arab Emirates since he lost the 2012 presidential elections to Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi. He had been under trial in an illicit gains case, but was acquitted.

Additional reporting by Samar Salama.

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