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Nour Party to elect new chairman Wednesday

Without a head following the departure of Emad El-Din Abdel-Ghafour, the Nour Party is set to elect a new chairman and supreme committee

Ahram Online, Tuesday 8 Jan 2013
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The Nour Party's general assembly is to convene Wednesday morning to elect a new chairman and supreme committee, among other posts, in the wake of mass resignations by leading figures, who have opted to form a rival Salafist party.

The general assembly, which is the party’s highest authority, announced in a press release that a meeting would be held at Al-Azhar conference centre in Cairo's middle class Nasr City, at 10am local time.

Nour was dealt a blow by the resignation of 150 members last month, including former chairman Emad El-Din Abdel-Ghafour.

A conflict between Abdel-Ghafour, leader of a reformist front within the party, and followers of cleric Yasser El-Borhami, one of the founders of the Salafist Call group, led to the split last month. 

The Salafist Call movement originally spawned the Nour Party in 2011. 

Last Tuesday, Abdel-Ghafour announced the launch of the Watan (Homeland) Party.

One day before the launch, the Salafist Call stated it would not support any party other than its own political arm, Nour.

The Nour Party is the most influential Salafist party in Egypt. It led a coalition of Islamist political parties that won 127 seats in the now dissolved lower house of parliament.

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