CAIRO: Hamdeen Sabbahi, prominent Nasserite political figure, is “not optimistic” regarding Egypt’s upcoming parliament expected to be elected by the end of this summer.
“I don’t think that the current political atmosphere could produce a parliament which inspires the thoughts of both January 25 and June 30 revolutions,” he said in press statements Friday.
“Corruption is still taking place and social justice is absent as if we are still in Mubarak times,” he added.
Egypt’s long awaited parliamentary elections were expected to take place in March and May, but legal hurdles prevented it. Sabbahi is the founder of the Popular Current party, which was a member a member of the democratic current alliance with the Social Democratic Party, but it remains unclear whether the alliance is still existing or both parties will run the elections in new alliances.
Sabbahi was also a former presidential candidate twice; he ran in Egypt’s first presidential elections after the January 25 revolution and placed third, after Mohamed Morsi and Ahmed Shafiq, with more than 5 million votes. He was the sole challenger to President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi in the 2014 elections, and lost after netting less than 5 percent of the total votes.
After the revolution, Sabbahi established the Popular Current, which became an important political movement. It joined the National Salvation Front in 2012.