Eight parties join 'Coalition to Support Egypt' founded by ex-military intelligence general

Saturday 19-12-2015 03:13 PM
Eight parties join 'Coalition to Support Egypt' founded by ex-military intelligence general

Strategic expert, Seif Al-Yazal - Al-Shrouk


CAIRO, Dec. 17 (Aswat Masriya) - Eight parties, including al-Wafd, joined the Coalition to Support Egypt, said ex-military intelligence general and coalition founder Sameh Seif Alyazal in a press conference on Friday.

The coalition rebranded itself to "Coalition to Support Egypt" instead of "Coalition to Support the Egyptian State", according to state-run MENA news agency citing Alyazal.

Members of the coalition constitute more than two thirds of parliament, bringing together around 400 representatives, reported Al Ahram earlier in December.

Alyazal previously said the coalition will not necessarily support the government but will challenge, question or applaud the government's performance if needed. However, he added "we will stand behind President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to support stability and promote and meet the demands of citizens."

Alyazal founded "For the Love of Egypt" list which swept all 120 seats allocated for the lists system in the upcoming parliament.

Egypt's recently elected unicameral parliament includes 596 members, 448 of which were elected through the individual seat system and120 through electoral lists, while 28 are appointed by the president.

The average turnout rate of voters in first and second phases of elections was approximately 28.3 percent, said head of the Supreme Electoral Commission (SEC) Ayman Abbas.

The upcoming parliament has been assigned many powers including the authority to withdraw confidence from the prime minister, other ministers or even the president. Article 161 of the 2014 constitution allows a supermajority of two thirds of parliament to call for a public referendum to end the president's term and hold early presidential elections.

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