SCAF accused of squandering billions on parliament polls

Ahram Online , Tuesday 19 Jun 2012

Revolutionary Youth Coalition member submits legal complaint to prosecutor-general arguing ruling military council wasted billions of pounds on parliamentary elections

Inaugural session of parliament (Photo: Reuters/Asmaa Wageeh)

A member of the Revolutionary Youth Coalition, Yasser Farouq Abdel-Hafiz submitted an official complaint on Tuesday to the prosecutor-general's office against Egypt's de-facto ruler and head of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi.

The complaint alleges that the SCAF squandered approximately LE2 billion over the parliamentary elections, and attempts to waste the same amount in repeating the process as parliamentary elections will be reheld later this year after the parliament was dissolved last Thursday by Egypt's High Constitutional Court.

The court dissolved the People's Assembly citing the unconstitutionality of the parliamentary election law, as party members were allowed to compete in the individual lists, which was deemed as an unfair advantage over independents. 

According to Abdel-Hafiz, the SCAF, overseeing the transitional period following the ouster of former president Hosni Mubarak, could have studied the parliamentary election law earlier and so avoided it being dissolved several months after it was elected. 

Abdel-Hafiz accused SCAF of having intended to dissolve parliament earlier, but deciding to postpone it for political reasons. He cites as evidence of this Prime Minister Kamal El-Ganzouri's threats to dissolve the People's Assembly in response to parliamentary attempts to withdraw confidence from Ganzouri's government in March and April, 2012.

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