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Leftist Popular Current to ally with Rebel in Egyptian elections

The Popular Current will form a coalition with the Rebel (Tamarod) group in the upcoming parliamentary elections

Ahram Online, Tuesday 29 Oct 2013
Spokesperson for Egypt’s nasserist popular current party, Ahmed Atef
Spokesperson for Egypt’s nasserist popular current party, Ahmed Atef (Photo: Ahmed Atef Twitter)
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The leftist Popular Current group plans to run in the upcoming parliamentary elections in coalition with the Rebel (Tamarod) group, which helped spearhead opposition to former president Mohamed Morsi’s rule.

The Popular Current, a Nasserist-oriented movement led by former presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi, said in a Tuesday statement that it agreed with Rebel on the principle of “electoral coordination.”

“The two groups agreed on the importance of…building the largest coalition regrouping the revolution's forces…and presenting candidates representative of this camp to the next parliamentary elections,” read the statement.

The Popular Current said the coalition’s political programme would be built on the bases of “freedom, social justice and national independence.”

“The Popular Current and Rebel are very close, since many of Rebel’s members and founding members were originally members of the Popular Current,” a spokesperson for the Popular Current, Ahmed Atef, told Ahram Online.

He added, however, that the two groups are independent entities.

Tuesday‘s statement also said that the two allies would reach out to other political forces “to build the coalition as quickly as possible and form a joint direction composed of representatives of all the forces.”

Atef said no agreement has yet been made with the National Salvation Front, a key anti-Morsi coalition that includes Sabbahi as well as other leftist and centrist politicians.

Atef said that the groups that make up the NSF “were mostly patriotic forces which sided with the revolution, so it is natural that any coalition would include them.”

Following Morsi’s ouster by the military in July after mass protests against him, the interim government laid out a transitional roadmap that includes parliamentary elections once the constitution is amended.

Earlier in October, Rebel announced that it will contest upcoming parliamentary elections in all districts.

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