Ghad El-Thawra Party

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This article is about the El-Ghad party split led by Ayman Nour. For the mother El-Ghad party currently led by Moussa Moustafa Moussa, see El-Ghad Party.
Ghad El-Thawra Party
Hizb Ghad El-Thawra
حزب غد الثورة
Chairperson Ayman Nour
Founder Ayman Nour
Slogan Be with us, you are right
Founded 2011
Split from El-Ghad Party
Headquarters Cairo, Egypt
Ideology Secularism
Liberalism
Reformism
Liberal democracy
Political position Centrism
Religion Secular
National affiliation 25 January Salvation Front[1]
International affiliation Liberal International (observer)
Politics of Egypt
Political parties
Elections

Ghad El-Thawra Party (Arabic: حزب غد الثورةḤizb Ghad el-Thawra; "Revolution's Tomorrow Party"), is a Egyptian political party that was approved on 9 October 2011.[2] Headed by Ayman Nour, it was a split of the El-Ghad Party. Nevertheless, the "Revolution's Tomorrow Party" still uses the name El-Ghad (The Tomorrow Party) on its website and communiques [1].

The Ghad El-Thawra Party was contesting the Egyptian parliamentary election, 2011–2012 with fifteen candidates (thirteen for the lower house and two for the upper) as part of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party-led Democratic Alliance for Egypt.[2]

Background[edit]

Ayman Nour left the New Wafd Party in 2001, and established El-Ghad Party. The party was legalized in 2004. After facing president Hosni Mubarak in the Egyptian presidential election, 2005, Nour was sentenced to five years in jail on forgery charges.[2]

In 2005, just before Nour being sentenced, the El-Ghad Party split in two factions. One was headed by Moussa Moustafa Moussa, the other by Nour’s (now former) wife Gameela Ismail.[2] Legal battle ensued between both factions, both claiming legitimacy and simultaneously using the party name and insignia. The final court ruling in May 2011 was in favor of Moussa.[3] Ayman Nour hence filed for a new party, "Ghad El-Thawra Party" or "Revolution's Tomorrow Party", which was approved on 9 October 2011.[2]

The Ghad El-Thawra party supported the 2011 Egyptian revolution. Nour was reportedly close to the Muslim Brotherhood; the headquarters of the party were burned down in March 2013.[4]

Platform[edit]

The party platform called for:

Name Confusion[edit]

Ayman Nour has been tightly associated with both the El-Ghad name and party, even being accused of internal monopoly by other party members.[2] Since both Nour and Moussa fractions were using (and still are) the same name and insignia (e.g.: Ghad El-Thawra website[5]), it was often difficult to tell them apart. For instance, Liberal International lists El-Ghad, specifying its leader as Ayman Nour, as an observer member.[6] Many poll and media outlets used the term "El-Ghad" without specifying which party or faction they are referring to,[7] although they often meant the Ayman Nour Ghad El-Thawra faction.[8][9]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ New alliance of political opposition under Aboul Fotouh aims to restore 25 Jan revolution, Egypt Independent, 1 October 2014, retrieved 1 October 2014 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Ghad Al-Thawra Party (Hizb Ghad Al-Thawra)". Ahram Online. 3 December 2011. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  3. ^ محمود حسين، "شئون الأحزاب" ترفض قبول تأسيس حزب الغد الجديد. اليوم السابع 2011-9-5. وصل لهذا المسار في 28 سبتمبر 2011.
  4. ^ "Nour supports Brotherhood, Morsy". Cairo Post. 27 March 2013. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "aymannour.net". 
  6. ^ Datasheet on the Liberal International's website
  7. ^ Schoen & Lane (26 July 2011). "Egypt’s Simmering Rage". thedailybeast.com. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  8. ^ Danish-Egyptian Dialogue Institute (DEDI). "2nd National Voter Survey in Egypt". dedi.org.eg. Retrieved 13 Oct 2011. [dead link]
  9. ^ Danish-Egyptian Dialogue Institute (DEDI). "3rd National Voter Survey in Egypt". dedi.org.eg. Retrieved 16 December 2013.