Egyptian expats to form political party

Egyptians abroad are contemplating a political party that can support their demands and the needs of expats returning to Egypt. The calls came from Egyptian communities in Germany, Spain, France, England, Belgium, Italy, the United States, Switzerland, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Uzbekistan, and Central Asia.

Mohamed Rayan, deputy chairman of the Union of Egyptian Expatriates, told Al-Masry Al-Youm that a founding committee for the Party for Egyptian Expatriates will meet in Cairo soon and that committee members will arrive in Cairo within the next few days.

Among the party's primary goals is to support Egyptian expats' demands, including the right to run for and vote in the presidential and parliamentary elections in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution and the Emigration and Sponsoring Egyptians Abroad Law, no. 111 of 1983.

The new constitutional amendments should allow Egyptians abroad the right to run for the presidency and dual citizenship should not hinder their political rights, Rayan said.

Rayan added that the Union of Egyptian Expatriates called on nearly 7 million of its members and the heads of its communities, associations and clubs in 78 countries worldwide to help lift Egypt out of its current crisis.

Rayan called on the members to transfer a minimum of US$1000 to their personal bank accounts or to the accounts of their relatives in Cairo to ensure bank liquidity, to help reverse the decline of the Egyptian pound against the dollar, and to increase foreign exchange reserves in the country.

Translated from the Arabic Edition.

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