8 January 2013

Egypt: Nation's Farmers to Compete for 100 Percent of Parliament Seats

Egypt's Farmers Union head, Mohamed Abdel Qader, said on Tuesday that Egyptian farmers will run for 100 percent of the independent seats in the upcoming parliamentary elections.

"The farmers represent 50 percent of the Egyptians and the number of seats we will win shall surprise all politicians," Abdel Qader told Aswat Masriya.

He said that a committee headed by the legal advisor of the union is being formed to select candidates from different parts of the country.

Abdel Qader added that ex-parliamentarian farmers will run for elections on the union's list.

He stressed that a strong presence of framers in the new parliament is crucial, explaining that "several laws will be drafted following the new constitution."

According to Abdel Qader, all the current political parties have deceived farmers, as they only gave rosy promises without actually resolving any of their problems, pointing out that the farmers "must solve their own problems through new legislations."

Chairman of the Shura Council, Ahmed Fahmy, had announced that the People's Assembly elections will be held within three or four months after the adoption of the new charter.

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