Revolution Youth Coalition officially disbanded

Ahram Online, Saturday 7 Jul 2012

Youth umbrella that was formed during the 25 January uprising and that played a key role in subsequent political events announces its dissolution Saturday

The Revolution Youth Coalition (RYC) has officially announced its dissolution during a press conference Saturday, after months of supporting last year's uprising and its demands.

The conference was supposed to be held last Tuesday but was delayed until Saturday for undisclosed reasons. Upon the delay, rumours circulated that the coalition was mulling over postponing its dissolution until a new constitution is ratified.

The suggestion was ruled out at the press conference held at the El Sawy Culturewheel in the upscale district of Zamalek, Cairo.

The RYC disbanded because its main demand — a democratically elected civilian president — had been met, according to its leaders.  Moreover, many of the coalition's members moved to join newly formed parties over the course of last year.

The RYC, a group formed during the 18-day uprising, brought together youth from diverse ideological backgrounds, including liberals, Islamists and socialists. During the uprising and in the weeks that followed it was acknowledged as one of the key forces that drove former president Hosni Mubarak out of power.

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