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Egyptian parliament's majority party makes radical shake-up

Former head of the Supreme Constitutional Court Abdel-Wahab Abdel-Razek was named chairman of parliament's majority party Mostakbal Watan (Future of a Homeland)

Gamal Essam El-Din , Wednesday 11 Mar 2020
File photo: Egyptian parliament (Photo: Reuters)
File photo: Egyptian parliament (Photo: Reuters)

In a radical shake-up of its internal structure and ranks, Egypt's parliamentary majority party of Mostkbal Watan (Future of a Homeland) chose Abdel-Wahab Abdel-Razek, the former head of the Supreme Constitutional Court, as the new chairman of the party.

In a statement on Wednesday, the party said that Ashraf Rashad, the current chairman and head of parliament's sports and youth committee, will be named first deputy chairman and secretary-general.

"MP Hossam El-Khouly will be named second deputy chairman, and Essam Hilal as assistant secretary-general," said the party.

The party's statement said the new shake-up comes to begin a new phase in the party's history.

"The shake-up also represents a new kind of democratic change and paves the way for a new stage for the party's future," said the statement.

Informed sources said the shake-up also comes ahead of parliamentary elections scheduled for November.

Following his appointment as party chairman, Abdel-Razek held a meeting with the party's leading officials and members of its central committee on Tuesday night.

The statement said Abdel-Razek will exercise his role as party chairman on Sunday.

Abdel-Razek, 72, was head of the Supreme Constitutional Court for two years, from 2016 till 2018.

When he was a member of the court's panel of commissioners, Abdel-Razek voted in favour of dissolving 2012's parliament, widely known as the parliament of the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafists. During this period, the court also issued rulings in favour of invalidating the "political disenfranchisement" law and the old Shura Council, which was controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood.

Abdel-Razek was also a member of the Presidential Election Committee that supervised 2014's presidential election which was swept up by President Abdel-Fatah El-Sisi.

The Future of a Homeland Party was founded by a number of businessmen, former judicial officials and lawyers in November 2014.

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