George Isaac (politician)

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George Isaac
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Native name جورج إسحاق (George Ishak)
Born 1938
Port Said, Egypt
Nationality Egyptian
Citizenship Egyptian
Education Bachelor's Degree in History
Alma mater Cairo University
Occupation Politician, schoolteacher
Home town Port Said
Political party
National Bloc[1]
Independent[2]
Constitution Party
Religion Christian (Coptic Catholic Church)[3][4]

George Isaac (Arabic: جورج إسحاق‎) is an Egyptian politician and activist. During the later part of Hosni Mubarak's presidency, he co-founded the grassroots Kefaya opposition movement.

Following the 2011 Egyptian Revolution that toppled Mubarak, Issac became a member of the Constitution Party and a critic of President Mohamed Morsi, elected in 2012. He is a member of the Coptic Catholic Church.[3][4]

Early years[edit]

Born and raised in Port Said, Isaac graduated from Cairo University with a BA in history and began his career as a teacher and later as a consultant.[5] Politically active at a young age, he was a member of Egypt's Constitution Party.[3][2]

Political activism[edit]

Isaac was a founding member, leader, and coordinator of the Kefaya opposition group, the unofficial moniker of the National Association for Change, a grassroots coalition which prior to the 2011 revolution drew its support from across Egypt’s political spectrum.[6][7][8][9] It was a platform for protest against Hosni Mubarak’s presidency; political corruption and stagnation; "the blurring of the lines between power and wealth; and human rights.[10][11]

In December 2011, he challenged the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafists to reveal the source of funding for their electoral campaigns, while adding that he himself was revealing all his campaign financing matters.[8]

During the 2012 Egyptian protests, Isaac urged President Mohamed Morsi to withdraw his constitutional declaration.[3] On 8 December, after Morsi sought to address some of the protesters' demands, Isaac said that Morsi’s new declaration "does not answer people’s demands,” and that new ways would be sought to escalate pressure on Morsi.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "من قيادات «الدستور» المستقيلين يشكلون «الكتلة الوطنية» لخوض الانتخابات". Al Masry Al Youm. 10 December 2013. Retrieved 16 July 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Egypt's Constitution Party hit by fresh mass resignation". Ahram Online. 28 October 2013. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Egypt’s liberal Ghad party accepts Mursi’s call for dialogue, opposition boycotts". alarabiya.net. Retrieved 9 December 2012. 
  4. ^ a b George Isaac (24 December 2011). "Egypt’s Christians – building a new order of equality". Gulf News. Retrieved 9 December 2012. 
  5. ^ ظ…ظ†ظٹ ظٹط§ط³ظٹظ†. "ط¬ظˆط±ط¬ ط¥ط³ط­ط§ظ‚.. ظ…ط¯ط±ط³ ط§ظ„طھط§ط±ظٹط® ط§ظ„ط°ظٹ طھط­ظˆظ„ ط¥ظ„ظٹ ط±ظ…ط²". Today.almasryalyoum.com. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "Enough of Enough". Globalpolitician.com. Retrieved 9 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "Egypt's 'Committee of the Wise' wants to be in transition talks". CNN. 4 February 2011. Retrieved 9 December 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "George Issac demands MB and Salafists reveal their source of funding". ahram.org.eg. 9 December 2011. Retrieved 9 December 2012. 
  9. ^ "New Egyptian prime minister receives warm reception in Tahrir Square". Al-Shorfa. Retrieved 9 December 2012. 
  10. ^ Egypt on the Brink by Tarek Osman, Yale University Press, 2010, p.136-7
  11. ^ "Run-off victories give liberals hope in elections, say experts". Egypt Independent. Retrieved 9 December 2012. 
  12. ^ "Egypt’s Mursi annuls controversial decree, opposition says not enough". alarabiya.net. Retrieved 9 December 2012. 

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