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Egypt's Constitution Party hit by fresh mass resignation
Liberal party founded by Mohamed ElBaradei receives crippling blow with another mass walkout by prominent members
Ahram Online , Monday 28 Oct 2013
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Supporters of the Constitution party
Supporters of the Constitution party in front of the journalists syndicate in April.(Photo: Reuters)

The liberal political party formed by Mohamed ElBaradei has suffered another mass resignation.

Eleven prominent members resigned en masse on Sunday, citing a "lack of institutional organisation and vision" and heightened tension among members.

Those signing the resignation letter include founding members George Ishaq, Shady Osama El-Ghazaly Harb, Nasser Abdel-Hamid, Social Solidarity Minister Ahmed El-Boraei, labour activist Kamal Abbass and activist Israa Abdel-Fattah, as well as head of the party's economic committee Hany Saryeddin, ex-presidential hopeful Bothaina Kamel, Tarek El-Ghazaly Harb, Ahmed Eid and Mohamed Anis.

Kamal Abbas told Ahram Online he preferred not to comment "so the move won't turn into a public argument."

The embattled party, founded by former interim vice president Mohamed ElBaradei in 2012, has been left reeling from internecine fissures over the past year, with young members periodically protesting against its internal policies.

The party had already suffered a series of resignations at its offices in Cairo and elsewhere, including Higher Education Minister Hossam Eissa. A major dispute was over the appointment, rather than election, of the party's senior leaders.

"Errors were made during the founding phase and have persisted thus far...institutional organisation and party vision have been missing...and those instigating destruction and division have infiltrated," read the joint resignation letter to party leader Sayed Kassem that was released to the media on Sunday.

Leaders have prioritised the party's "image and international publicity" at the expense of clear-cut content and serious objectives, the letter said.

"This has resulted in widespread nepotism, the prevalence of hollow slogans rather than constructive content and the marginalisation of able young members."

Party executives have done little to alleviate its financial and administrative meltdown and heightening disagreements that have at times led to physical assaults, the letter added.

Party spokesperson Khaled Dawood said some of the resignations were expected, noting that Bothaina Kamel, for example, had handed in her notice two months ago.

Dawood said he had hoped the walk-out would be delayed until after the party conference in mid-December at which members could air their concerns.

"The conference aims to listen to all concerns and bring about change," he said in televised comments on Sunday. "They could have waited to see whether some people really aim to dominate the party or not."





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Pro-Islamist
29-10-2013 08:43am
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Liberal/Copt/athiesim are dead
Coup is week and will soon die too. You altogether are not match to MB or any other Islamist in our country Egypt. Blame Sabahi or Baradei or Shafiq if you like.
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Jasmin
28-10-2013 08:01pm
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False hopes.
Al-Baradei's Constitution Party was made up 3 groups: 1. Small group which are real liberals Baradei is their mentor. 2. Islamist-hate group that had guessed Baradei is anti-Islamist, but then saw that he is liberal and does not exclude Islamists. 3. Selfish people that guessed Al-Baradei would be a president and realize their interests..But after Baradei's resignation, 2nd and 3rd groups' false expectations were exposed and their mask was dropped. So, they immediately left Al-Baradei..Al-Baradei defended his prinsiples of clean life, besides he knows that old regime elements are leading Egypt into chaos and violence, subsequently foreign intervention..
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Sameh Kamel
28-10-2013 07:24pm
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The liberal movements in Egypt
The fragmentation of the Destour party is another big blow to the liberal movements in Egypt. The absence of strong leadership had a major negative impact on consolidating the pro-democracy groups. Dr Elbarradaei has disappointed the youth of Egypt and many Egyptians by abdicating the role of a leader. He failed in accepting that politics is the art of the possible and pragmatism is required to achieve the ultimate objectives of the revolution, which are bread, freedom and social justice. Hiding behind the veil of high personal morality and values is not good enough when personal convictions surpass national interests. It seems sadly, the current choice is between religious fascism and a military rule. The former would damage our cultural institutions, national identity and values beyond recovery. The later at least will retain our national identity; protect national interests and stop Egypt from slipping into the darkness of the Middle Ages that would have been the outcome of the MB rule. In my judgement, this is the current choice observing the behaviour of the liberal parties and their useless leaders.
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Hanna Gamal
28-10-2013 10:21pm
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Nazi argument---anti-democratic
Sameh: this is exactly what the Naziz argued. We know the rest of the story.
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Joe
28-10-2013 05:43pm
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Kiss
Anything related to El Baradei has the kiss of death. How can you have a party where the founder is so weak every time there is some conflict and runs off the the USA or Austria!
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Hanna Salameh, Imbaba, Cairo
28-10-2013 10:24pm
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a lesser of two evils
The man faced two unattractive choices: either succumb to army fascism and Coptic church exploits or leave. He left.
Ervin
28-10-2013 06:29pm
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hats off
Hats off to Baradei as a peace and humanitarian person, but thumbs donw for him as a politician. He's proved a disaster. He's simply not fit to be a politician

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