Bread and Freedom Party to refrain from parliamentary elections
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CAIRO:  The Bread and Freedom Party announced it would refrain from running in the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled next March, despite their previous desire to present themselves as an alternative choice.

The current political scene is a “hostile environment,” the party stated Saturday evening, and set four conditions for their participation: the dismissal of Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim, the amendment of the 2013 Protest Law, releasing all political prisoners, and  investigations that guarantee free and fair trials for all.

Last week the Misr al-Qawia (Strong Egypt) Party announced it would boycott the upcoming parliamentary election over “the absence of democratic credibility.”

“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 reasons for fueling terrorism and threatening social peace,” the party stated.

On Jan. 06 the Popular Current headed by former presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi announced he would not take part in the coming parliamentary elections, due to his objections against the electoral constituencies’ laws.

A statement released on the party’s Facebook page said that the newly-released law allows political figures affiliated to former president Hosni Mubarak regime, along with Muslim Brotherhood to take part in the expected upcoming elections, “moreover it weakens the chance of other political powers, despite continued demands for its amendment.”

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