CAIRO: Popular Current Movement and leftist former presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi met Saturday with a delegation of the Egyptian branch of the socialist World Federation of Democratic Youth, according to a statement released Sunday by Sabbahi’s office.
The statement said that during the meeting, Sabbahi discussed crises happening in the region, and how youth can collaborate to achieve social justice.
He specifically talked about the situation in Palestine, and how youth can participate more in politics to express themselves, especially after the Arab Spring. “The youth are the ones who are supposed to represent the fighting generation for justice, democracy and strong states,” he was quoted as saying.
Also present at the meeting according to the statement were representatives of the Lebanese Democratic Youth Federation, Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the Jordanian Democratic Popular Unity Party.
Later on the same day, Sabbahi met with Lebanese Parliament member Najah Wakim, head of the People’s Movement Party, and they discussed events in Lebanon and “persistent dangers that surround the Arab world” in addition to Gaza and Arab nationalism.
Sabbahi is known for his left-wing nationalism and Nasserist views.
Despite losing the last presidential election to current president Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and being rumored as a parliamentary candidate, Sabbahi announced in July according to Al-Shorouq that he would not run for a legislative spot. He said however he would “collaborate with other secular forces for the interest of the nation.”