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Hamzawy's Freedom Egypt party backs Sabahi

Freedom Egypt party, headed by liberal politician Amr Hamzawy, says it will support Hamdeen Sabahi in the presidential election against former army chief Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi

Ahram Online, Tuesday 6 May 2014
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The liberal Freedom Egypt party, headed by Amr Hamzawy, has said it will support Hamdeen Sabahi in the presidential election, Aswat Masriya reported on Tuesday.

In a statement, the party said the decision came after an internal vote and despite the absence of a candidate whose views fully match its own.

Leftist politician Sabahi is the only challenger to former military chief Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, who is expected to win by a landslide in the vote on 26/27 May.

The party said it would "support the candidate with views closest to those of the party and who will achieve the goals of the Egyptian revolution and preserve its principals."

The Constitution, Socialist Popular Alliance, Popular Current, and Justice parties have also come out in support of Sabahi

Others including the Wafd, Free Egyptians, Tagamuu and Conference parties have backed El-Sisi.

Hamzawy, a political science professor and former MP, has criticised the government installed after the July ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi for it breaches of human rights.

"[The party] has taken the approach of positive interaction with the (political) roadmap with reservations on any step or practice that has deviated from the democratic path we want for Egypt," the statement said.

Freedom Egypt secretary-general Shaheer George told Ahram Online that the party had reservations over the presidential election law, which places the election committee above judicial review.

"The general atmosphere of arrests and the protest law gives the impression that the upcoming election might not be fair and transparent," George said. "But we found it necessary to participate and interact."

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Ameer Bassiony
07-05-2014 02:27pm
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Neptunism
Our hero Mr. Sisi placed his relative as the head of armed forces. If he win, he will control the military and civilians government. This is NOT right.
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Khan
07-05-2014 06:33am
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Both are agents
Hamzawy and sisi both are agents of isreal and usa. Both have same idea to divide Egypt and egyptian .both making fools egyptian
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Alejandro
06-05-2014 06:05pm
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Right choice
Good choice. Amr Hamzawy and Hamdeen Sabahi have a better vision for Egypt than Sisi's terrorists.
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Sobia
06-05-2014 07:38pm
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Right Choice
This is good news and need of the time that 2011 revolutionaries are being united again to defend the country from another dictatorship.Amr Hamzawy is a repected and name he must work for inclusion of other factions,personalities of 2011 uprisings and they must also approach to the Islamists as well to persuade them that instead of boycatting they must support Sabohi against CC
AT
06-05-2014 07:09pm
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Gamal Eid
I just learned that ANHRI director also announced support for Sabahi after watching Sisi interview on protest law. If Sabahi and Sisi keeps going their own way, we might able to see more Sisi supporters defecting to Sabahi.
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