Egypt: Ganzouri follows Moussa's footsteps in failure

Egypt: Ganzouri follows Moussa's footsteps in failure
Attempts by the former prime minister to form a broad national coalition in the run up to the Egyptian parliamentary elections in 2015 is unlikely to succeed.
2 min read
25 November, 2014
Previous attempts by Amr Moussa to form a national alliance failed [Getty]
Kamal Ganzouri has reportedly been consulting with various political groups in a bid on forming a consolidated "national" list for the upcoming parliamentary elections.

The former Egyptian prime minister is backed by President Abdel Fatteh al-Sisi, and is following in the footsteps of Amr Moussa, the former chair of the constitution-drafting committee and the Arab League chief from 2001 to 2011.

Moussa's previous attempts to form a broad alliance were unsuccessful despite drawn-out discussions and negotiations.
     Moussa's previous attempts to form a broad alliance were unsuccessful despite drawn-out discussions and negotiations.

Ganzouri also has his work cut out for him after the Conference Party, the National Progressive Unionist Party and the al-Ghad Party all announced they were backing out of the unified list. "A lack of clarity about participants and a lack of vision," was given as a reason for their lack of support.


The Social Justice Coalition, which includes a number of former members of parliament, has also attacked Ganzouri's list idea. The coalition's leader, Mustafa al-Guindi, has refused to be part of the alliance, and said he expected Mubarak's former prime minister to fail.

Those who have signed on to Ganzouri's list include the National Front Alliance - which contains the National Movement Party - and Egypt, My Country, which counts several Mubarak-era figures among its members.

Party sources suggest Moussa has returned to take on Ganzouri by forming his own consolidated list. Moussa is thought to have the support of the Wafd Alliance, which includes the Wafd Party, the Social Democratic Party, the Reform Party, the Development Party and the Conservative Party; and the parties that recently backed out of Ganzouri's list.

Ganzouri is looking to form an alliance to secure 120 seats, 22 percent of the total seats in the coming parliament, according to parliamentary election laws.

Short-lived alliances

Wahid Abd al-Meguid is a political analyst at the al-Ahram Centre for Political and Strategic Studies. He predicts both efforts to form national electoral alliances will fail.

Meguid told al-Araby al-Jadeed this was due to a weak history of alliances in Egyptian political life, individual parties' greed.

Current electoral alliances and coalitions will break into smaller alliances when the election process begins, he predicted.

This article is an edited translation from our Arabic edition.