Politician Farid Zahran named new head of Egyptian Social Democratic Party

Ahram Online , Friday 1 Apr 2016

 Egyptian Social Democratic Party
File photo of an Egyptian Social Democratic Party office (Ahram)

Leading member Farid Zahran was named the new chairman of the Egyptian Social Democratic Party on Friday after gaining the majority of votes in the party's internal elections.

Zahran beat other leading members of the party, including former parliamentarian Bassem Kamel, constitutional expert Nour Farahat and former deputy prime minister Ziad Bahaa El-Din, for the role.

The party has been without a chairman since September, when its founder Mohamed Abou El-Ghar resigned, saying his wish for the party "to have a clear social democratic ideology, to be popular and to self-finance is impossible with these disagreements raging," referring to internal conflict within the party.

The party, which has been founded a few months after the 2011 revolution, won 15 seats in the 2012 parliamentary elections, but took just four in the 2015 parliamentary polls.

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