Constitution Party (Egypt)
|Constitution Party (Egypt)|
Hala Shukrallah (formerly)
|Slogan||"Live Freedom, Social Justice"
(Arabic: عيش حرية عدالة أجتماعية)
|Founded||28 April 2012|
|Think tank||National Association for Change|
|National affiliation||Civil Democratic Current|
|House of Representatives||
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|Politics of Egypt
The Constitution Party (Arabic: حزب الدستور, Hizb el-Dostour) of Egypt was founded by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mohammad ElBaradei in 2012 in order to protect and promote the principles and objectives of the 2011 Egyptian revolution, according to liberal ideals.
The party was launched on 28 April 2012 by Mohammad ElBaradei and a group of Egyptian intellectuals and activists. ElBaradei described that the aim of the party was "to save the great 25 January revolution, which has been derailed and is almost aborted, and to restore our unity." The party was seen as a moderate force to counter emerging Islamist gains. ElBaradei said that he intended to increase the party's base for the next election in four years time. The party aims to unite all Egyptians, regardless of creed or ideology, behind democracy.
ElBaradei hoped the party would attract, in particular, the young people who were behind the uprising that toppled President Mubarak. The Constitution Party has attracted a youthful membership, with over 85% of its membership being under the age of 35. Youth leaders of the Constitution Party have at times expressed differences with party leadership, contributing to the internal dynamics influencing the party's development.
The Constitution Party supported the Tamarod movement and the removal of President Mohamed Morsi in June 2013. ElBaradei was appointed interim vice president by Adly Mansour but resigned one month later, in August 2013, over the use of violence against pro-Muslim Brotherhood protesters. The resignation led to distancing between the Constitution Party and the party founder. A number of Constitution leaders resigned from the party after ElBaradei's resignation from the interim vice presidency. ElBaradei is no longer involved with the party though he was named honorary president of the party on 22 February 2014.
The Constitution Party "aims to build a new Egypt based on democratic governance, education, competence, experience and the rule of law." Respect for human rights, advancing the Egyptian economy, providing for the basic needs of citizens, and advancing social equality are among the party's primary goals. The principles of the party are summarized in its slogan, "Bread, Freedom, and Social Justice." 
Principles of the Party
- Citizenship and wise governance.
- The State’s role in economic development.
- The State’s responsibility for social justice.
- Peaceful Political Activism.
- Self-reliance, Preservation of identity and openness to the world.
- Mohammad ElBaradei, founding member and honorary president
- George Ishak, founding member
- Emad Abou Ghazi, founding member
- Mohamed Soliman, founding member
- Ahmed Harara, founding member
- Mohamed Yousri Salama, founding member
- Gameela Ismail, founding member
- Hossam Eissa, founding member
- Khaled Dawoud, spokesman for the Constitution Party.
- Hala Shukrallah, elected to lead the party in February 2014.
- Ahmed Hawary, political activist and founding member , member of the founding steering committee .
- Mohamed Ismail Abdelmeguid, High board member
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