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Egyptian Popular Current will boycott parliamentary elections

Hamdeen Sabbahi's Egyptian Popular Current will not participate in April polls out of objection to the 'undemocratic regime'

Ahram Online, Wednesday 20 Feb 2013
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Egyptian opposition leader Hamdeen Sabbahi (Photo: AP)
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The Egyptian Popular Current, led by Nasserist politician Hamdeen Sabbahi, announced on Tuesday that the movement will boycott the coming parliamentary elections in objection to the current "undemocratic regime."

“We will not support a regime that has rebelled against all the goals of the January 25 revolution, and the sacrifices of its martyrs and injured,” read a statement that was published on the movement’s official Facebook page.

No official date has been set for the parliamentary elections. However, officials suggest that they will take place in April. 

The Popular Current was launched last September by Sabbahi, who won at least five million votes when he ran in the 2012 presidential elections, in an attempt to organise "different forces of society to press on with fulfilling the demands of the revolution."

The group further asserted that their only goal is the continuation of the revolution among the masses, and supports peaceful resistance including civil disobedience.

“Our stand is in the face of a regime that ignores the public in its decision making…and neglects all principles of democracy and freedom,” added the statement.

Last month, two members of the Popular Current died in controversial circumstances. Mohamed El-Gendy was killed, allegedly due to torture at the hands of police, when he disappeared after attending anti-government rallies in January 2013. He later died in hospital.

The Popular Current asserts that El-Gendy was subjected to torture, while ministry of interior officials claim that he was killed in a car accident, as per the findings of a forensic report.

Another member of the group, Amr Saad, died from his injuries after being hit by birdshot pellets in clashes between protesters and police outside the presidential palace on Friday 3 February.

The Egyptian Popular Current is a founding member of the National Salvation Front (NSF), the leading opposition bloc, which on 12 January issued eleven conditions to ensure the transparency of the electoral process. The front asserted that it will boycott the poll if conditions were not met.

The stances of other key NSF figures, including Mohamed ElBaradei and Amr Moussa, remain unclear.

NSF spokesman Khaled Daoud told Ahram Online in January that a consensus has been reached among members of the front that the decision to run in the elections will be decided collectively, as the bloc had been planning to run on a single electoral list.

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Omar W
24-02-2013 09:17am
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Egyptian Popular Current will boycott parliamentary elections
Boycotting of elections has never been successful in Europe, USA or South America and it will certainly not work in Egypt, it is entirely self-defeating. All that it does is allow those that you oppose whether it’s a government or political party to gain an even stronger grip on power and ultimate makes the task of introducing political change and representative democracy that much harder. The opposition need to get out on the street not just in the city but in the towns and villages and get their message across to the people rather than relying on TV and Press, that’s the only way to win votes – and yes it does require hard work!
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abdulrahman
26-02-2013 04:22pm
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Who Wants To Go Out On The Streets
Omar W has not understood the real,political situation in Egypt. More or less than 40 percent of eligible voters did not go out to vote in the last two post Mubarak era elections, are people who will accept whoever wins. These people are not pro opposition and will not go out on the streets. The politically conscious people outside the urban areas are mainly supporters of MB and their allies. As such his call for street protests throughout Egypt is futile. Never the less he should urge the opposition forces to present a credible manifesto and participate in the elections. I salute MB and the allies for their restraint and definitely helpful to give a meaningful life to democracy in Egypt.
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MPA
22-02-2013 01:10pm
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Jeesh get a clue!
How can you hope to change the system when you don't organize properly? The Islamist don't cheat, they are just extremely organize, which is why Mubarak had to cheat all of the time by either banning them or jailing their leaders to keep them somewhat disorganized. Continued marches and protests don't serve the Egypt economy at all.
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Deen
20-02-2013 08:11pm
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I don't get it?
Undemocratically elected government? What? Are you really that out of touch and I'm confused are you a Nasserist or a Narcissist? You want to Boycott a democratic ELECTION because YOU can't win..Do you want to sow instability in the country and government because you CAN"T WIN an election. Go ahead and boycott-You don't deserve a voice in this country!
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