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ESDP launches parliamentary elections program

The centre-left party would 'double the wages of teachers and increase health spending'

Ahram Online , Ahram Online , Sunday 4 Oct 2015
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The centre-left Egyptian Social Democratic Party (ESDP) announced on Sunday the features of its electoral program for October and November's parliamentary elections. (Photo: ESDP's official Facebook page)
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The centre-left Egyptian Social Democratic Party (ESDP) announced on Sunday the features of its electoral program for October and November's parliamentary elections.

"The party's electoral program depends on shifting the slogans of the revolution into clear programs, with a clear budget and procedural and operational lines," Ehab El-Kharat of the ESDP board said at a press conference at the party's headquarters.

"We're focusing on doubling the wages of teachers and increasing health spending, as stipulated in the 2014 constitution, and investing in professional training," he said.

The party announced that it will contest the elections via the individual system seats, 448 of which will make up the 596 seats in parliament.

Earlier this month the party board rejected the resignation of its head and co-founder Mohamed Abul-Ghar.

Abul-Ghar, 75, said his decision to quit was prompted by destructive splits, "polarisation," and failed attempts to "heal the rift" within the party.

The ESDP won 23 of 508 parliamentary seats in the parliamentary elections held in late 2011 and early 2012, an election dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist parties.

In mid-2014 the party suffered walkouts by several leading members, sparked by differences over whether or not to vote in the presidential contest between then-army chief Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and Nasserist Hamdeen Sabahi, and by differences of opinion on controversial policies of the post-Morsi government.

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