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For the Love of Egypt electoral list funded by Muslim Brotherhood, claims rival El-Gebali

The claims come on the second and final day of Egypt's two-stage parliamentary elections, though a member from For Love of Egypt strongly refutes the accusations saying they are 'unacceptable'

Ahram Online , Monday 23 Nov 2015
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Former Judge Tahani El-Gebali (Photo: Al-Ahram)
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The Muslim Brotherhood in Kuwait is funding For the Love of Egypt electoral list, former Judge Tahani El-Gebali claimed on Monday in a press conference for the Republican Alliance of Social Forces electoral list.

"The For the Love of Egypt list needs the Muslim Brotherhood back on the political scene. They are betraying the Egyptian people," she said, referring to the group from which hails Egypt's ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

El-Gebali, who is the coordinator of the Republican Alliance of Social Forces electoral list, made the allegation on the second and final day of voting during the second stage of Egypt's parliamentary elections.

She claims that she has photos of leading figures from For the Love of Egypt meeting with Brotherhood figures in Kuwait. The individuals she accuses include the list coordinator and former intelligence minister Sameh Saif Al-Yazel and former information minister Ossama Heikal.

However, Saif Al-Yazel rejected El-Gebali's claims while speaking to reporters, describing her claims as "unacceptable and unreal."

For the Love of Egypt is widely believed to be supporting Egypt President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi.

The For the Love of Egypt electoral list won 60 party-based list seats in the first stage of the parliamentary elections and contested in all of the 120 seats available to blocs. The Republican coalition list has only one list in Cairo, South and Middle Delta meaning that it is only contesting 45 seats.

The Republican Alliance of Social Forces list includes public figures such as Mustafa Bakry, a pro-Sisi journalist and former parliamentarian, Mohamed Farag Amer and Mohamed Zaki El-Sewidi, former National Democratic Party parliamentarians and businessmen, Taher Abu Zeid, a popular 1980s footballer and former sports minister, and Amna Nosseir, an Al Azhar scholar.

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