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Constitution Party won't take part in Egypt’s parliamentary elections

Party cites failure to release detained young people and failure to amend protest law as grounds for decision

Ahram Online , Saturday 7 Feb 2015
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Constitution Party spokesman Khaled Dawoud (Photo: Al-Ahram)
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The left-of-centre Constitution Party, founded by former presidential hopeful Mohamed ElBaradei, said on Saturday that it will not take part in Egypt’s March parliamentary elections due to “unfavourable circumstances.”

Party spokesman Khaled Dawoud said that the reasons behind the decision included the fact that Egyptian President Adel-Fattah El-Sisi had not released a number of detained youths as promised.

“And the protest law hasn’t been amended, which has put many behind bars,” he told Ahram Online.

The protest law, passed after the 2013 ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, stipulates that demonstrations must be sanctioned by the police in advance. Hundreds have been jailed for breaking the law, which free speech advocates have demanded be amended.

Last month El-Sisi reportedly said during a visit to the UAE that the government was preparing a list of jailed young people whose legal status would be reviewed for possible release. No further action has been announced.

Dawoud also said the death of protester Shaimaa El-Sabagh last month, a leading Socialist Popular Alliance Party member who was shot when police forcibly dispersed a march she was attending, was not investigated and retribution has not yet been achieved.

El-Sabagh was killed during a peaceful march held on 24 January near Tahrir Square to commemorate those killed in the 25 January revolution on its fourth anniversary. The Socialist Popular Alliance Party have accused the police or deliberately shooting her dead, while the interior ministry denies the accusation.

The Democratic Current, an umbrella group of liberal and leftist parties including the Socialist Popular Alliance Party and the Constitution Party, who intended to run in parliamentary elections on the same list, drew up a list of demands to run in the elections.

The five demands were: the sacking of Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim, reforming the interior ministry, amending the protest law, releasing all those detained for violating the protest law, and conducting a transparent investigation of El-Sabagh's killing.

“These demands were not fulfilled by the government, so we thought we can’t run in this election under the circumstances,” Dawoud explained.

The first round of voting in the upcoming parliamentary elections is scheduled for March.

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Nagi Abdelhamid
08-02-2015 01:08pm
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The constitution party behave like children, if I don't get what I want I will not take part. Give the Egypt a chance and form the parliament, then discuss any issue concern like any civilised nation. The constitution part have a point regarding the prisoners, and president Sisi must keep his promise and release all prisoners who did not commet any act of violence or distruction. The constitution party should not give up on Egypt like their leader, who is living in Austria because he had disagreement about policies. Egypt needs every one to work together in order to help the country move forward, by not anticipating in the election and taken a negative position towards the election it will serve no one except Turkey, Hamas, Qatar and the brotherhood and their terrorists supporters. All the political parties must and should help Egypt to prosperous. Democracy in the western countries and USA took more than 200 years to establish, Egypt having a tough time and every one must help.
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Visitor
08-02-2015 10:56am
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What is Constitution Party ?
Constitution Party stated that " it will not take part in Egypt’s March parliamentary elections due to “inconvenient circumstances.” Constitution Party is a paper party !! Why ? Because Constitution Party members all over Egypt are 200 members and its members and supporters are 201 persons .
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Omar Walker
08-02-2015 08:08am
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Constitution Party - Not taking part in the political process
No matter which country you live in, if you want to be engaged in the political process and make social or democratic reforms, you have to step-up and put your case to your peers, and work for change from within that system. Change cannot occur by sitting on the sidelines whining and making demands. If your serious about making a difference step-up or shut-up and prove to the Egyptian people that you are worthy to represent them.
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Farhan
08-02-2015 02:01am
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Any one who believes in democracy is not going to take part in this farce election
Sisi is a dictator and parliamentary elections are nothing but legitimization of his dictatorship.
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Farhan
08-02-2015 01:59am
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All original people who were responsible for 2011 revolution are banned and restricted
You can not call it democracy.
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