For Al-Nour Party, parliamentary elections take precedent over presidential race
Chairperson of the Nour Party Younis Mkhion - YOUM7/Salah Saeid

CAIRO: Despite announcing that the party would not put forth a candidate in the presidential elections, sources from Al-Nour Party told Youm7 that the party will aim to gain a majority of seats in the next parliament.

Sources said the party will take advantage of the power distribution between the parliament and the presidency according to the new constitution, adding that the party is ready to win in parliamentary elections.

The president of Al-Nour Party Younis Mkhion previously said that controlling the country does not mean becoming president. Power, after the ratification of the new constitution, is divided between the government and the presidency, and the government is formed according to the majority of the parliament.

“We will contribute to controlling the country through our presence in the parliament and the government,” he said.

Sheikh Sameh Abdel-Hamid, one of the leaders of the Salafi call, confirmed that Al-Nour Party is preparing to gain the majority of seats in the next parliament.

“We do not want the presidency, but obtaining the majority of the seats in parliament allows us to serve the country and to carry out our developmental projects,” Abdel-Hamid told Youm7.

Originally published in Youm7.

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