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Homeland Party (Egypt)

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Homeland Party

حزب الوطن
Founded1 January 2013
IdeologySalafism[1]
House of Representatives
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Website
www.facebook.com/watanpartyeg

The Homeland Party (Arabic: حزب الوطن‎, romanizedḤizb al‑Watan) is an Islamist political party in Egypt, founded in January 2013 following a split within the al-Nour Party.[2] It was formed when Emad Abdel Ghaffour, the former leader of al-Nour, and 150 other party members quit in protest at the part of a dispute between Ghaffour and followers of Yasser Borhamy.[2] The party has stated that Copts will be allowed to join the party and women will be allowed on electoral lists.[3] In June 2013, 130 members of the party resigned in response to differences within the party leadership.[4] The party withdrew from the Anti-Coup Alliance on 17 September 2014, though the reason for its withdrawal was not because of political differences.[5]

Lawsuit against Islamic parties

The Homeland Party is one of the eleven Islamic parties targeted by a lawsuit in November 2014, when an organization named Popular Front for opposing the Brotherhoodization of Egypt sought to dissolve all political parties established "on a religious basis."[6] The Alexandria Urgent Matters Court however ruled on 26 November 2014 that it lacked jurisdiction.[7]

References

  1. ^ "New Salafi party to be announced Tuesday". Egypt Independent. 29 December 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Nour's Salafist splinter group forms new party". Ahram Online. 1 January 2013. Retrieved 16 December 2013.
  3. ^ "New Salafist Al-Watan Party 'welcomes' Copts and women". Ahram Online. 4 January 2013. Retrieved 16 December 2013.
  4. ^ "Mass resignations in Egypt's Salafist Al-Watan Party". Ahram Online. 15 June 2013. Retrieved 16 December 2013.
  5. ^ Watan Party withdraws from NASL, Egypt Independent, 17 September 2014, retrieved 17 September 2014
  6. ^ Auf, Yussef (25 November 2014). "Political Islam's Fate in Egypt Lies in the Hands of the Courts". Atlantic Council. Retrieved 1 December 2014.
  7. ^ "Court claims no jurisdiction over religiously affiliated parties". Daily News Egypt. 26 November 2014. Retrieved 1 December 2014.
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