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Shiite party in Egypt rejected for failure to meet legal requirements

Just ahead of elections, a Shiite party's application for official recognition is rejected by the elections committee, stating failure to meet criteria

Ahram Online, Saturday 12 Nov 2011
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The Egyptian Supreme Elections Committee rejects the establishment of the Tahrir (Liberation) Party, led by Egyptian Shiite and activist Ahmed Rassem El-Nafees.

The secretary-general of the Elections Committee, Mohamed Mahgoub, says that the party did not meet a number of legal criteria set by the new elections law for the establishment of new political parties. One of the requirements the party did not meet is the 5000-member minimum.

El-Nafees emphasised in an October interview with Al-Arabiya News that Tahrir is not a party based on religion, which is illegal and unconstitutional.

Earlier in August he had already said to Al-Ahram daily newspaper that it is a civil party, not a Shiite party, and furthermore, that they have members from many different political and ideological orientations.

Without official recognition, parties cannot officially run in the upcoming 28 November parliament elections.

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