New electoral alliances might be formed: parties spokespersons
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CAIRO: Civil political parties resumed electoral alliances talks amid speculations that Egypt’s long-awaited parliamentary elections would be held by the end of this summer, Youm 7 reported Thursday.

Conference Party secretary, Amin Rady, announced that his party is holding talks to form a wider alliance than the Egyptian Front, one of three alliances formed earlier in this year. Although the Conference Party was founded by former President Hosni Mubarak’s long-time Foreign Minister Amr Moussa, he is no longer a member of the party.

“We are discussing a proposal for a new alliance, so we will hold a meeting with different political parties Thursday,” Rady told Youm7 Thursday.

For his part, Assistant General Secretary of Wafd Party Hossam al-Kholy, said that his party is still committed to the For Beloved Egypt alliance it had formed early in 2015, Youm7 reported.

Kholy added, however, that the party’s board will convene soon and decide whether to negotiate with other parties over forming a new alliance.

“It would be better to agree on electoral regulations to propose them to the government,” said Sameh Eid, Conservatives Party spokesperson, favoring the option over forming alliances.

Eid told Youm7 it is difficult to form an electoral alliance that includes as many as 15 or 16 political parties, for example, due to their different ideologies.

The parliamentary elections were scheduled for March and May, but were delayed after the Constitutional Court ruled some articles of the elections law unconstitutional March 1.

A few months ago, three electoral alliances were formed; the Egyptian Front, For Beloved Egypt alliance, led by Wafd Party and other independent figures, and the Democratic Current alliance, a collation of leftist and Nasserite parties such as Dostour Party.

However, disputes over fielding candidates and funding had led to a rift among those alliances as the scheduled elections approached in March, according to several media outlets.

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