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Egypt's NSF to issue unified candidate list for parliamentary polls

Coalition of secular parties says it will issue a list of candidates to stand in parliamentary elections expected to take place in early 2014

Ahram Online , Sunday 27 Oct 2013
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NFS leaders Hamdeen Sabbahi (L) and Sayed El-Badawi
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Egypt's National Salvation Front (NSF) will participate in upcoming parliamentary elections using a unified candidate list.

The NSF, a coalition of secular political parties originally formed in November 2012 to oppose former president Mohamed Morsi controversial constitutional declaration, said on Saturday that all its forces were committed to forming a broad national alliance, including Tamarod (Rebel), to coordinate their future stances on political issues.

Tamarod, which has also announced its intention to take part in parliamentary elections, spearheaded anti-Morsi protests during the summer and received support from the NSF.   

Elections are expected to take place in early 2014 after a national referendum on the constitution which is currently being amended by a 50-member committee. 

The NSF announced its plans following a meeting at the liberal Wafd Party headquarters. Founders and former presidential contenders Amr Moussa and Hamdeen Sabbahi attended the meeting as well as Egyptian Social Democratic Party head Mohamed Abul-Ghar and Wafd Party member El-Sayed El-Badawi, among others. 

The front has seen internal divisions since the bloody crackdown on two pro-Morsi sit-ins in Cairo in August. Its spokesman Khaled Dawoud resigned shortly after. The front has also criticised the resignation Mohamed ElBaradei, its former leader and general-coordinator, from his position as interim vice president following the crackdown. 

In July, the front cancelled the general-coordinator position and chose Free Egyptians Party leader Ahmed Saeed as general-secretary to replace Mounir Fakhry Abdel-Nour, who became interim industry minister. 

In its statement on Saturday, the front asserted that it was the "political wing of the Egyptian revolution that succeeded in ousting the Muslim Brotherhood [from which Morsi hails] alongside other revolutionary forces."   

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