2020 Egyptian parliamentary election

Background

According to the parliament's chair, the election is expected to be held in April–May 2020, alongside the parliamentary elections.[1] President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi ordered that parliament freeze its activities on 1 October 2019. He also placed the National Security Agency (NSA) in charge of creating lists of candidates, with the rationale being that the General Intelligence Directorate (GID), which selected candidates in the previous election, had not done a satisfactory job.[2] The For the Love of Egypt list was closely associated with the GID.[3]

Parties

Many different figures, including Zyad Elelaimy, Hisham Fouad, Omar El-Shenety and Hossam Moanis, were arrested on 25 June 2019 on charges of "bringing down the state"; however, the people involved were part of an alliance called the Coalition of Hope that was considering contesting the parliamentary election.[4] Other organizations involved in the alliance included the Civil Democratic Movement.[5] One source indicated that the reason for the arrests was the unwillingness of the alliance to cooperate with the NSA.[2]

References

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