Nour Party cannot fund candidates in parliamentary poll

Ahram Online , Thursday 1 Jan 2015

Senior member of Salafist party says its candidates will have to fund themselves in the upcoming parliamentary election

El-Nour Party
File photo: El-Nour’s election campaigning (Photo: Reuters)

Salah Abdel-Maboud, a leading member of the Salafist Nour Party, has revealed the party has no funds to support its candidates in the upcoming parliamentary election. 

In exclusive statements to Al-Ahram Arabic news website on Wednesday, he said each candidate would be responsible for financing his own campaign. 

Nour won 24 percent of the seats in the 2011-12 parliament, in one of the biggest election surprises as it was only founded that year. It is the political arm of the Alexandria-based Salafist Calling, Egypt's largest and oldest Salafist group. 

"We have already finished preparing four electoral lists and we are ready to run for the parliamentary election," Abdel-Maboud said, adding that there were talks regarding the individual candidates as well the names of the candidates themselves. 

According to President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, the parliamentary election will be held in the first quarter of 2015. 

Regarding electoral alliances, Abdel-Maboud said there had been no talks between Nour and former PM Kamel El-Ganzouri's electoral list, or any other list.

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