Aswat Masriya (Cairo)

4 January 2013

Egypt: Nour Party Elects New Head Next Wednesday

Salafi al-Nour Party will hold on Wednesday its emergency general assembly to elect a new party head to succeed Emad Abdel Ghafour who resigned to form a new party.

The assembly will also elect members of the party's higher council, presidential council, senate, governance council, and secretary general, the Middle East News Agency (MENA) reported.

Al-Nour Party came in second in the parliamentary elections held towards the end of 2011 after the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) had won the majority of the seats.

The resignations of Abdel Ghafour and other leading figures from al-Nour are a blow to the party especially before the parliamentary elections that may be held within two months.

The dissenters decided to found al-Watan Party with which they will contest the upcoming elections allied with former presidential candidate and Salafi preaher Hazem Salah Abu Ismail.

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