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Nasserist Sabbahi to launch 'Egyptian Popular Current' on Friday

A new political current will be born Friday in a quest to counterbalance Islamist dominance over the Egyptian political scene

Ahram Online , Thursday 20 Sep 2012
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Presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabahi (C) demonstrates after a court sentenced deposed president Hosni Mubarak to life in prison at Tahrir Square in Cairo June 2, 2012 (Photo: Reuters)
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The Egyptian Popular Current created by ex-presidential hopeful and Nasserist Hamdeen Sabbahi is convening next Friday in Cairo's Abdeen Square in what is believed to be a mass rally to announce the official launch of the political current.

Backers are expected to start converging Thursday afternoon to take part in the proceedings that will kick-off in the day.

"The five million votes I gained in the elections is the real grassroots force that represents all segments of society. It only needs to be organised to press on with fulfilling the demands of the revolution through a development socio-political project," said Sabbahi in an earlier statement on his official website.

Sabbahi pointed out that he is not the head of the coalition, but only one of those who called for joining the current, along with other public and national figures and avid youth.

The opening conference will be followed by a concert in celebration of the formation of the current.

A slew of public figures, intellectuals, political activists and artists along with a group of youth from the current's board is expected to join the rally. This includes journalist and prominent opponent of the Mubarak regime Hamdy Kandil, legal pundit Noha Al-Zeiny, ex-Supreme Council of the Armed Forces Advisory Council member Hanna Greis and Sheikh Mahmoud Ashour of Al-Azhar.

Sabbahi underscored that the current is not an ideological body nor is it aimed at bringing diverse political forces together under one umbrella. "It rather comprises the inclusive Egyptian national current with all its political and intellectual strains, sympathisers from different segments of society, Muslims and Christians without any favouritism. This is the bloc that fomented the revolution."

Sabbahi added that the current as a popular force outnumbers the Muslim Brotherhood in terms of members and supporters and that the latter managed to win the elections only by being better organised.

Sabbahi also added that the current might evolve into a party if its founders agree, noting that 50 per cent of the leadership posts of the current will be assigned to young people below the age of 35 years.

A number of movements have been set up recently in a bid to form a counterbalance to the Muslim Brotherhood's political ascendency. The Revolutionary Democratic Coalition was launched by a number of leftist groups Wednesday. The Egyptian Conference Party was formed Monday bringing together 25 political parties under the leadership of former Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa. June also saw the birth of the Third Current, a coalition of civil political forces that aims to preserve the civil state and provide an alternative to Islamist rule.

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Sam Boulis
23-09-2012 04:18am
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Egyptian popular Current
It will A wonderful thing to see the Egyptian People rise to the opportunity to form A party or a government for all Egyptian people regardless of religion, the Islamist Brotherhood would NOT represent all people, the Brotherhood as you know it would not move Egypt forward into the 21st century.
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lions of Syria
21-09-2012 02:43am
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wrong flag
the flag is french if you like it so much Egypt can become a Syrian province
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Salam
20-09-2012 08:23pm
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No return to despotism and tyranny
WE EXPERIENCED NASSER FOR too MANY YEARS, the Jails swelled, torture exceeded all bounds, and we got the biigest Arabdefeat i modern times
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amani khalil
20-09-2012 06:57pm
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work, Freedom , social justice.with Sabbahi
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Abdul Hakeem
20-09-2012 08:27pm
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Nasserism= despotism and dictatorship
Nasserism and freedom are a contradiction in terms.
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Aziz, Alex
20-09-2012 04:29pm
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We Will Rise
Anything is better than who claimed to be religious; but actually hard-core criminals anf thugs. Allah Qabeer.
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A woman
21-09-2012 03:25pm
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Quotation...
To Hugh: I just want to answer your comment with a quotation from famous writer and novelist Alaa al Aswani - an Egyptian and a Moslem by the way (from his article ' Are Egyptians really religious?' in his book "On the state of Egypt"): "...Piety must go hand in hand with ethics, and morality without piety is much better than piety without morality and democracy is the solution".
Hugh
20-09-2012 08:30pm
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it is always to believe in God than to be Godless
Those who fear God won't steal and won't lie, those irreligious secular politicians believe in no God, have no conscience and no morality.
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