Shiite party in Egypt rejected for failure to meet legal requirements

Ahram Online, Saturday 12 Nov 2011

Just ahead of elections, a Shiite party's application for official recognition is rejected by the elections committee, stating failure to meet criteria

The Egyptian Supreme Elections Committee rejects the establishment of the Tahrir (Liberation) Party, led by Egyptian Shiite and activist Ahmed Rassem El-Nafees.

The secretary-general of the Elections Committee, Mohamed Mahgoub, says that the party did not meet a number of legal criteria set by the new elections law for the establishment of new political parties. One of the requirements the party did not meet is the 5000-member minimum.

El-Nafees emphasised in an October interview with Al-Arabiya News that Tahrir is not a party based on religion, which is illegal and unconstitutional.

Earlier in August he had already said to Al-Ahram daily newspaper that it is a civil party, not a Shiite party, and furthermore, that they have members from many different political and ideological orientations.

Without official recognition, parties cannot officially run in the upcoming 28 November parliament elections.

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