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Al-Geel al-Dimuqrati (Democratic Generation Party)
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The Democratic Generation Party was established on February 9, 2002 by Nagi al-Shihaby, former member of the Shura Council. The party has a clear leftist leaning and has taken radical positions on foreign policy. The party won one seat in the 2010 People’s Assembly elections but played no part in the January 2011 uprising. It joined the Democratic Alliance for the 2011-2012 parliamentary elections.
Major Party Figures:
Nagi al-Shihaby: President
The Democratic Generation Party was launched as a party with a radical ideology at a time when its chances of significant electoral success were non-existent. Al-Shihaby has personally expressed his support for Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons and maintains that the United States poses the greatest threat to Arab and Islamic countries. After the uprising, al-Geel has somewhat moderated its stance. While still advocating for a strong role for labor unions, it has fallen in line with the mainstream, calling for free and fair parliamentary and presidential elections and constitutional amendments, engagement of youth for more comprehensive development of government, and, in general, relatively moderate reforms, as seen in its platform.
- Supporting the equality of all citizens before the law, regardless of religious affiliation
- Promoting democratic reforms within a multi-party system
- Strengthening agricultural output by investing in new infrastructure and technology
- Providing state-subsidized housing to those in need
- Considering youth as a top priority; adopting a long-term strategy for youth resurgence
- Improving the situation of teachers via training programs and increasing salaries
- Improving educational curriculum
Foreign Policy Issues:
- Affirming Egypt’s role as a leader of the Arab world and the Islamic community
- Improving the integration of Nile basin countries
- Resisting U.S. intervention in Egyptian and regional affairs
Shura Council Elections
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