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Two new Egyptian parties submit their papers

Free Egyptians and the Social Democratic Party take the final step towards officially entering Egypt's political scene

Ahram Online, Tuesday 14 Jun 2011
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The Free Egyptians liberal party declared on Tuesday that it has submitted its registration papers to the parties’ affairs committee.

Ragy Soliman, one of the party's leaders, said the party has already been able to collect 14 authorisations and so far has 50,000 members.  

Business tycoon Naguib Sawiris, the party founder, has stated that the papers have been ready for a while but they were waiting for the party programme to be finalised. The programme includes five sections which tackle rights and freedoms, economy, society, culture and media and national security and foreign affairs.

Sawiris said that the party will not be creating coalitions with the Muslim Brotherhood in the coming parliamentary elections because the Free Egyptians stands for a civil state while the Brotherhood has a religious reference. He added that the party will also not form a coalition with the Wafd party should the old party join forces with the Brotherhood. The party is more likely to create coalitions with other liberal parties, especially the new ones and it will reject any former National Democratic Party members from joining the Free Egyptians.

Sawiris further criticised statements made by the Brotherhood's Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie in which he claimed that the Brotherhood are capable of winning all of the parliamentary seats as well as the presidency.

The Social Democratic Party also submitted its complete papers to the parties’ affairs committee on Tuesday.

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