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Free Egyptians Party refuses to join pro-Sisi parliamentary bloc

The party says it does not know the aims of the new majority bloc currently being formed

Ahram Online , Friday 11 Dec 2015
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The liberal Free Egyptians Party announced on Friday that it had declined to join a pro-Sisi parliamentary bloc that is currently being formed, saying its aims were unclear.

In a statement, the liberal party said that the constitution, law and political science defined the meaning of coalition, but the party did not understand the aims of the "pro-Egyptian state" coalition that is being formed, or its programme.

"Egypt's law and constitution support partisan pluralism," the statement read.  

A number of political parties and independent MPs announced earlier this week that they would join a parliamentary bloc called the pro-Egyptian state coalition, led by Sameh Seif El-Yazal, a former intelligence officer and the coordinator of the "For the Love of Egypt" pro-Sisi electoral list, which won the 120 party list seats available in the elections. 

According to El-Yazal, the intended bloc will serve as support for President Sisi and will "reinforce Egypt's political stability in a region plagued with civil wars and sectarian strife."

El-Yazal also said that the bloc does not aim to turn the House of Representatives into a rubber-stamp parliament, as it would fully exercise parliamentary supervisory powers to defend the interests of citizens.

The Free Egyptians Party won nearly 65 seats in this autumn's parliamentary elections, including 8 seats as part of the "For the Love of Egypt" list. It has the most representatives of any party in the legislature. 

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Al
12-12-2015 01:23am
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His aim is VERY unclear
Whatever reasons the liberal Free Egyptians Party states for not joining pro-sisi party it's up to them; but one thing is VERY clear; Sisi's aim. His aim is to guarantee an Army grip on power for life. As a result all his focus, spending, and policies over the last 2 years is beefing up the army at the expense of every single civilian sector of the society. For those who disagree with this statement; look at what is happening in Egypt and name ONE civilian sector doing better today than 2 years ago. In the meantime I can name 3 Military sectors doing much better in the same period; the Air force, the Navy, and the Army; in a period of Egyptian history with no enemy to defend against.
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Al
13-12-2015 03:51pm
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Dear Richard
ISIS and Ikhwan are terrorist organization; they should be fought and eliminated, not only by Egypt but the entire world. For that, submarines, aircraft carriers, and fighter jets are as useless as the Egyptian Government. As to US support for terrorism, this is a baseless smear that deserves no comment!
richard moench
12-12-2015 06:36pm
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no enemy?
Egypt has no enemy? What about the Islamic State? How about Ikhwan, with US support?
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Bahriqara
11-12-2015 10:32pm
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Good
If free Egyptian party support pro sisi than his public support be like Al Nour party ..... Pro sisi took power by force not by law are by public now free Egypt party made a good character for the coming Election
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Pharaoh
12-12-2015 12:48am
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june 30
El sisi came with the will of the people. The will of the people needs to be respected or you will be met with force. MB are going to be the new stigma of the new era. Where everyone will beat them up and anyone who has joined them. Respect the people without disrespecting the law.
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Juma
11-12-2015 10:24pm
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Real decision
Now Egyptian understan what is happening under ground in Egypt now public loving to free Egyptian party future only for free Egyptian party .well come Egypt well come fRg
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Pharaoh
11-12-2015 08:48pm
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I commend you
Yes, that is the right choice. Liberty is the way forward. Free thought. I would also love to add, to Dr. Gomaa, to meet with Saad el din el helaly and show off a liberal discussion of the religious discourse. That is how to let people be religious without being sheikhs or scholars. el tadayyun bela tashayyukh.
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