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Islamic Party (Egypt)

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Islamic Party
LeaderMohamed Hegazy[1]
Secretary-GeneralMohamed Abu Samra[2]
Deputy HeadMagdy Salem[3]
FoundedApril 2011[4]
House of Representatives
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The Islamic Party (formerly known as the Peace and Development Party[6] [which was also translated as the Safety and Development Party]) is an Islamist political party in Egypt.[4] The name of the party was changed in approximately December 2012.[7] The main leaders of the group are Mohamed Abu Samra[6] and Kamal Habib.[8] The party is backed by the Egyptian Islamic Jihad group.[9] Most of the founders of the party are former members of the organization.[10] Many members of the party have court rulings that bar them from running for elected office.[11]

The party and Egyptian Islamic Jihad withdrew from the Anti-Coup Alliance in January 2014.[12] One of the reasons for the withdrawal was the rejection by the pro-Morsi coalition of the initiative [13] put forth by the Islamic Party that sought to end the crisis by appointing a presidential council composed of a civilian, an Islamist and a member of the army.[14] The party called for a "negotiated" solution on 8 February 2014.[15] The party rejoined the alliance around March 2014,[16] though there are indications that it has withdrawn again.[17]

Basic tenets

The party is in favour of putting the Camp David Accords to a public referendum, expanding Islamic banking, abolishing mixed-sex education in secondary schools, forming a cultural media council to monitor the Egyptian media, respecting private property, supports progressive taxation, and is in favour of setting a minimum and maximum wage in line with inflation.[4]


The secretary general of the party, Mohamed Abu Samra, stated that it would vigorously oppose returning Egyptian Jews of Israeli descent to Egypt in response to a comment made by Essam el-Erian, a member of the Freedom and Justice Party and an adviser to President Morsi; he also stated that according to Sharia law, Jews deserve to be killed.[18]

See also


  1. ^ "Islamists threaten to strike Interior Ministry on anniversary of Mohamed Mahmoud clashes". Ahram Online. 13 November 2013. Retrieved 14 October 2014.
  2. ^ "Salafist Front calls on NASL to suspend activities". Cairo Post. 30 April 2014. Retrieved 14 October 2014.
  3. ^ "Pro-Morsy alliance meets EU delegation". Egypt Independent. 3 December 2013. Retrieved 14 October 2014.
  4. ^ a b c "Safety and Development Party (Al-Salama Wal Tanmeya)". Egypt Electionnaire. Retrieved 14 October 2014.
  5. ^ "Islamist political parties form alliance". Ahram Online. 9 March 2013. Retrieved 14 October 2014.
  6. ^ a b "Jihad movement accuses Morsy of ignoring reconciliation attempts in Sinai". Egypt Independent. 9 October 2012. Retrieved 14 October 2014.
  7. ^ "Islamic Jihad movement calls for mass demo Sunday against judges". Egypt Independent. 28 December 2012. Retrieved 14 October 2014.
  8. ^ "The new Islamist scene in Egypt". Al-Ahram Weekly On-line. 23 June 2011. Archived from the original on 16 October 2013. Retrieved 14 October 2014.
  9. ^ "Islamic Jihad vows escalation leading up to 25 January". Egypt Independent. 20 January 2014. Retrieved 14 October 2014.
  10. ^ "Al-Jama'a Al-Islamiyya and the Safety and Development Party". Islamopedia Online. Retrieved 14 October 2014.
  11. ^ "Salafi Jihad movement [sic] allies with hardline Ismalist [sic] parties for elections". Egypt Independent. 25 February 2013. Retrieved 14 October 2014.
  12. ^ "Jihad Organization: No Islamist dares to contest Sisi". Egypt Independent. 31 January 2014. Retrieved 14 October 2014.
  13. ^ ""الجهاد": "مَن يجرؤ من الإسلاميين على الترشح أمام السيسي؟"". Al Masry Al Youm. 31 January 2014. Retrieved 14 October 2014.
  14. ^ "Islamic Party presents new initiative to solve Egypt's crisis". Cairo Post. 8 January 2014. Retrieved 14 October 2014.
  15. ^ "Jihad movement welcomes reconciliation initiatives between MB, state". Cairo Post. 8 February 2014. Retrieved 14 October 2014.
  16. ^ "Pro-Morsy alliance considers presidential elections boycott". Egypt Independent. 31 March 2014. Retrieved 14 October 2014.
  17. ^ "نهاية تحالف "دعم المعزول"". Al Masry Al Youm. 5 December 2014. Retrieved 5 December 2014.
  18. ^ "Islamic Jihad vows to fight the Jews if they return to Egypt". Egypt Independent. 3 March 2013. Retrieved 14 October 2014.
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