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Party payments squeeze out Egypt's youth candidates

Political parties are demanding payments of up to $28,000 for candidates to be included in their electoral lists.
A protester shouts slogans during a demonstration against presidential candidate Ahmed Shafik, ousted leader Hosni Mubarak's last prime minister, outside the Supreme Constitutional Court in Cairo June 14, 2012. Shafik welcomed court rulings that let him stay in Egypt's leadership race and void a parliamentary vote won by his Islamist rivals, saying on Thursday an "era of political score settling" was over. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh (EGYPT - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST ELECTIONS) - RTR33MGH

CAIRO — Egypt’s youth, particularly the revolutionary youth, are unable to independently finance their campaigns in the parliamentary elections scheduled by the end of this year. Many were shocked to find out that political parties in alliances led by Amr Moussa have linked inclusion in their lists to a payment of up to 200,000 Egyptian pounds (about $28,000) to limit the conflict between the electoral lists of the new Egyptian parliament and those of businessmen and capitalists, many of whom were associated with the Hosni Mubarak regime.

A number of revolutionary youth have decided against running in the parliamentary elections in the absence of a sponsor for their campaigns.

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