Saturday, April 28, 2012

El Baradei launches new Egyptian political party

Former presidential candidate Mohamed ElBaradei announced the birth of sa new party, the Constitution Party, on Saturday in a press conference at the Journalists' Syndicate in downtown Cairo. Co-founders of the party are international law professor Hossam Eissa, Ahmed Harara and Hala Shukrallah. Participating in the initiative is author and activist Alaa Al-Aswany, economist Galal Amin; TV host and activist Gamila Ismail; Kifaya protest movement founder, George Ishaq; film director Khaled Youssef; film producer Mohamed El-Adl; co-founder of the Revolutionary Youth Coalition, Shadi El-Ghazali Harb and Rami Shaath.
The party, whose name has changed from Revolution Party to Constitution Party, aims to be a broad-based movement that forms "the nucleus of a coalition that will include all secular forces" in Egypt, according to what ElBaradei's said in early April, when he announced that he was in the process of forming the new party.
ElBaradei withdrew from the presidential race in January in protest at the decision to elect a president before drafting a constitution. In 2010 he founded the National Association for Change.

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