Political parties affairs committee rejects 'Tamarod' political party

Ahram Online , Wednesday 3 Dec 2014

Egypt's political parties affairs committee also rejected a party founded by former Chief of Staff Sami Anan

Tamarod leaders, Mahmoud Badr and Hassan Shahin (Photo: Official Facebook Page)

Egypt's political parties affairs committee rejected on Wednesday the formation of the "Tamarod" movement's proposed party.

The Tamarod movement was founded last April 2013 by a group of pro-revolutionary youth mostly from the Nasserist Egyptian Popular Current Movement and led the signature drive which pushed for mass protests against former Islamist president Mohamed Morsi’s that led to his ouster the following July.

When a party is rejected according to the political parties law, the political parties' affairs committee refers its documents to the high administrative court for approval. 

The committee has not announced the reasons behind its rejection of Tamarod’s parties. 

Mohamed El-Nabawy, the leading figure in Tamarod movement told Al-Ahram's Arabic news website that their proposed party had no issue obtaining the power of attorney needed to form a party but faced challenges due to being primarily comprised of youth and lacking both funding and legal expertise necessary to form legitimate partisan bylaws.

According to the political parties committee there have been several legal technicalities and contradictions in the applications and documents presented by Tamarod movement to form its party.Last April, the movement co-founder Mahmoud Badr announced that the movement was going to turn in to a political party with the aim of participating in the upcoming parliamentary elections.

As an independent judicial authority, the political parties affairs committee has the right to approve or reject the formation of parties according to the constitution and the political parties laws. Parties' applications are rejected if the documents and applications required to form a party are either incomplete or forged. 

According to the 2014 Egyptian constitution, parties based on religious, racial or military platform are banned in Egypt. 

The political parties affairs committee also rejected the formation of the Democratic Egypt Arabism party, founded by former army chief-of-staff lieutenant general Sami Anan and headed by his son Samir Sami Anan. 

The committee referred the documents of both proposed parties to Egypt's High Administrative Court.

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