Moussa Unites 12 Parties To Form Egypt's New Opposition

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Egypt forged a new loyal opposition this week, when former presidential candidate Amr Moussa announced that 12 political parties had formally united as the Egyptian Nation Alliance. Al-Masry Al-Youm reports the Alliance is intended to be a united opposition to the Islamist and Muslim Brotherhood-dominated government.

Former Egyptian presidential candidate Amr Moussa announced the charter document of the Egyptian Nation Alliance in a meeting held at his office Sunday evening. The meeting consisted of leaders from the 10 parties and political forces who decided to sign the statement to announce the alliance at a press conference in the coming days. El-Sayed el-Badawi, head of the Wafd Party, convened a joint meeting of the party’s supreme authority and executive office to discuss what he has described as changes added to the declared document.

Al-Masry Al-Youm was given access to the document’s nine articles, which stipulate that the Alliance aims at maintaining society’s homogeneity, protecting the internal front, unifying the opposition, developing a draft constitution for a democratic and civic state, and actively participating in legislative and local elections, in accordance with a law that protects equal opportunities.

Al-Masry Al-Youm learned that Moussa reached an agreement with the heads of 12 parties — the most prominent being the Ghad El-Thawra Party and the Democratic Front Party — to merge all of them into a single party. The details of the merger are expected to be announced in a statement issued by Moussa’s office later today.

Following the announcement of the charter document, the Wafd Party issued a statement in which its head convened a joint meeting of the Party’s supreme authority and executive office to discuss what he described as major changes in the alliance’s document and the formation of a general assembly next Sunday. Mustafa al-Fiqi, who attended the preliminary meetings of the alliance, told Al-Masry Al-Youm that he has ruled out the possibility of the Wafd Party withdrawing from the alliance, adding that Moussa stressed in the meeting that the Wafd Party is at the heart of the Egyptian Nation Alliance.

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