Two more parties enter Egypt's legal political arena

Ahram Online, Monday 29 Aug 2011

The Nasserist Karama Party and the Salafist Asala Party were officially approved on Monday

Hamdeen Sabahi
Hamdeen Sabahi, leader of Al-Karama party and presidential candidate (Photo: Reuters)

The Poltiical Parties Committee, responsible for approving political party applications for registration, approved two more parties on Monday, including the pan-Arabist Karama Party and the Salafist Asala Party.

The Asala party was newly formed after the revolution, as most Salafists have stayed out of politics for years. In contrast, the Karama Party has been functioning for years and had applied for registration before the revolution, but was denied recognition under the Mubarak regime.  

The two main Karama Party representatives to submit all the applications were Amin Eskandar and presidential hopeful Hamdin Sabahy. As for the Asala party there were three main representatives including Adel Abd El-Maqsoud Afifi, Ihab Mohamed Ali Shiha and Mohamed Ibrahim Abd El-Fattah Soltan.

The two parties have the legal right to practise, starting from the day the committee’s decision is published in the national newspapers.

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