Breaking: Chief of Staff Anan to meet again with party leaders Saturday

Ahram Online, Friday 30 Sep 2011

A new meeting between the ruling SCAF and political leaders is to take place Saturday, sources tell Ahram Online

Chief of Staff Sami Anan
Chief of Staff Sami Anan. (File image)

Army Chief of Staff and deputy head of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) General Sami Anan will be meeting with 15 leaders of political parties and movements on Saturday, informed sources told Ahram Online.

The sources did not elaborate on the agenda of the meeting, but it is likely to deal with the demands of the Friday of Reclaiming the Revolution, as well as the threatened boycott of the forthcoming parliamentary elections. The two main political party coalitions, the Democratic Alliance, which includes the Muslim Brotherhood and the Wafd Party, and the Egyptian Bloc, which includes the Egyptian Social Democratic Party, the Free Egyptians Party and the Socialist Alliance Party, have both threatened to boycott the parliamentary elections due to take place in late November. 

They reject the recently issued parliamentary elections law, which has continued to combine the party list and individual candidacy systems, but on two thirds/one third basis, with the list system allocated two thirds of parliamentary seats, and the remaining third allocated to individual candidates, who the new law stipulates cannot belong to any of the political parties. There is a consensus among the bulk of Egypt's political parties demanding that all seats be elected in accordance with the list, proportional representation system. They charge that the individual candidacy system favours the "remnants" of the ex-ruling National Democratic Party (NDP). Though the NDP has been dissolved by court ruling, most political and revolutionary activists argue that the network of power and money that was the ruling party is still very much in place.

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