The Misr Al-Qawia party, led by former Muslim Brotherhood member Abdel Moneim Abul Fotouh, confirmed they will boycott the upcoming parliamentary elections in October.
“We can’t participate under an umbrella of disfigured laws and legislative chaos, created to weaken any chance of building a healthy political life” according to the party’s statement. “We can’t participate in an unethical political atmosphere, where the opposition is oppressed and the state is biased to certain candidates.”
The party explained that their boycott comes out of a “genuine respect” of the Egyptian people and the party’s belief in its complete sovereignty over the state’s authority. It added that “this action is a protest on the authority’s policy of preferring the security solutions over the political ones”.
The Parliamentary Elections Committee in Menufiya governorate announced that business tycoon Ahmed Ezz, the organising secretary in Mubarak’s now dissolved National Democratic Party, has been excluded from the candidates list. This was on account of the fact that he opened a National Post Office account, which violated the Public Prosecutor’s seizure of his assets in Ezz’s illicit gains case.
By Asser Osama