Misr al-Qawia Party boycotts parliamentary elections for ‘lack of credibility’
Abdel Moneim Abol Fotouh - REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

CAIRO: The Misr al-Qawia (Strong Egypt) Party announced Thursday it would boycott the upcoming parliamentary election over”the absence of democratic credibility.”

“Instead of calling on a national lineup to fight ongoing terrorism and violent acts, the state’s executive branch persists in increasing social polarization and the political gap among the Egyptian people and creating a hostile feeling against the youth,” it said.

The party, headed by former presidential candidate Abdel Moneim Abol Fotouh, has been opposing the policies of the current Egyptian regime and has previously boycotted the presidential elections held in May 2014, which elected Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to power.

The party’s decision coincides with escalation of terrorist operations that have targeted security personnel and civilians during the past few months.

“Repeating the same mistakes leads to the same results. The lack of confidence in judiciary and the continuous and random brutality of security forces are among other reasons for fueling terrorism and threatening the social peace,” said the statement.

Former presidential candidate and chairman of The Popular Current Hamdeen Sabbahi has also announced it will boycott the parliamentary election “in protest at the absence of a proper democratic atmosphere.”

The stance of other prominent political parties including Dostour has not decided yet whether it will boycott the parliamentary election, scheduled to start in March and last until May.

The parliamentary elections are the final step in the political road map announced by the army following the ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 following mass protests against his regime.

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