Egypt's Kefaya protest movement has new leader

The Egyptian opposition protest movement Kefaya has chosen Arab nationalist Abdel Halim Qandil as its new coordinator or leader, the movement said.

Egypt's Kefaya protest movement has new leader

The Egyptian opposition protest movement Kefaya has chosen Arab nationalist Abdel Halim Qandil as its new coordinator or leader, the movement said on Thursday.

Qandil, well-known in the Arab world through his appearances on Arabic satellite channels, has been an active member and spokesman for Kefaya since it emerged in 2004.

He replaces Abdel Gelil Mustafa, a 73-year-old cardiologist who took on the job in mid-2008 on the understanding that he would do it only until the end of the year.

Kefaya (Enough) began as a broad coalition in opposition to a fifth six-year term for Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who has now been in power for 27 years, and to any attempt to install his son Gamal Mubarak as his successor.

But the movement, which includes leftists, Arab nationalists seeking close cooperation among all Arabs, Islamists and liberal democrats, appears to have lost momentum since Mubarak easily won reelection in 2005.

In 2004 Qandil, who was editor of the Arab nationalist newspaper al-Arabi at the time, was abducted, bundled into a car, beaten and abandoned in the desert outside Cairo.

He said the assailants were working for the Interior Ministry and told him to "stop talking about people in high places". The ministry said it knew nothing of the incident.

Reuters
Last Mod: 15 Ocak 2009, 12:02
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