Egypt youth coalition says to contest elections

A political analyst warned, however, that the youth groups face an uphill battle against the old guard and those movements that may be better funded.

Egypt youth coalition says to contest elections

An Egyptian youth coalition that played a major role in ousting President Hosni Mubarak has said it will field candidates for parliamentary elections.

Egypt's Revolution Youth Coalition, formed in the early days of the uprising that toppled Mubarak on Feb. 11, said on a social networking site monitored on Thursday that it plans to field as many as 200 independent candidates under a proportional list system with its name.

A political analyst warned, however, that the youth groups face an uphill battle against the old guard and those movements that may be better funded.

"Youth groups do not have the money or the organisational ability or the keys to electoral constituencies that would allow them to reach seats that truly reflect the major role they played in Egypt's revolution," Nabil Abdel Fattah of Al-Ahram Centre for Political and Strategic Studies said.

The poll for the lower house would start on Nov. 21 and the vote for the upper house would begin on Jan. 22, with each vote being held in three stages, state newspapers reported on Sunday.

The interim military rulers have said the vote would be a mix between a proportional list and individual candidate system.

Political groups have been pressuring the army council to make the vote exclusively based on the proportional list system, in an attempt to bar remnants of the ousted regime from using money and tribalism to win the election.

It did not announce the names of its candidates.


Reuters

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