Elected parliamentarian Emad Gad announced Monday night that he was quitting the Free Egyptians Party, putting himself in jeopardy of expulsion from the parliament, which is yet to hold its first session.
Gad, who occupied the position of deputy head of the Free Egyptians Party, announced his resignation on CBC TV channel’s Huna Al-Assema show.
He cited personal disputes with the head of the party’s parliamentary bloc Alaa Abed.
According to Article 6 of the law regulating the house of the representatives; for the parliamentary membership of any member to continue, they have to remain in the capacity for which they were elected.
The article further explains that if a member changes his party affiliation or becomes independent of his party, he loses his parliamentary membership with a vote of two-thirds of the House of Representatives.
The law means that a vote would have to be taken in the parliament’s first session, scheduled to take place before the end of this year.
A week ago, Gad announced that he would run for the position of deputy speaker of the parliament, but not as the Free Egyptians nominee.
Though the party has not named a nominee, Free Egyptians spokesman Shehab Wagih told Ahram Arabic website that party member Hatem Bashat, former deputy of Egypt’s general intelligence, is a strong contender to be the party’s nominee for the deputy speaker position.
Gad’s decision spiked tensions with Abed, which led to his resignation.
On the possibility of losing his seat, Gad stated on CBC channel, “I don’t care for a parliamentary seat or anything, I work in my own way and whatever I feel personally okay with, I only own my reputation and pride.”
Prior to joining the liberal Free Egyptians Party over a year ago, Gad, a political analyst, was the secretary-general of the Social Democratic Party.
He was one of the prominent members to make the move to the Free Egyptians Party, among a few dozen other Social Democratic Party members.
The Free Egyptians Party garnered the highest party seats in the elections, which took place in October and December, with 65 parliamentarians.
The upcoming House of Representatives, which ends a four-year parliamentary hiatus, will be composed of the highest number of MPs in the country’s 150-year parliamentary history.
The MPS are divided into 448 independents, 120 party-based deputies and 28 presidential appointees.