Egypt court to hear Ayman Nour’s passport renewal appeal

Ahram Online , Sunday 25 Oct 2015

In August 2013 Ayman Nour left Cairo after he was told by people close to ‘the decision-makers in Egypt’ that they were fed-up with his opinions

Ayman Nour
File Photo: Ayman Nour (Photo: Reuters)

Egypt’s State Council Administrative court accepted on Sunday to hear opposition figure Ayman Nour’s appeal against a decision not to renew his passport.

Nour filed the case against the Egyptian ambassadors in Turkey and Lebanon, as well as the interior minister and the prime minister, calling on them to rescind the decision not to renew his passport.

Nour, the founder of the liberal Ghad Al-Thawra party and a 2005 presidential candidate, said the authorities told him they did not renew his passport because he was wanted for security reasons in Egypt.

Nour left Cairo in August 2013 after he allegedly received phone calls from "people who are close to the decision-makers in Egypt," informing him that the authorities were "fed up" with his opinions and positions, according to his statement.

In his latest political stance, Nour called on Egyptian secular parties and movements to reach a "national democratic accord" to reach consensus without "polarisation" or "exclusion".

The call was rejected by most political movements and parties that considered it as a veiled attempt for reconciliation with the Muslim Brotherhood, which ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi hails from.

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