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Egyptian liberal parties merge

CAIRO - From online dispatches | 3/30/2011 12:00:00 AM |

Two of Egypt’s liberal political parties, the Egyptian Democratic Party and the Liberal Egyptian Party, have announced their merger to form the Social Democratic Party.

Two of Egypt’s liberal political parties, the Egyptian Democratic Party and the Liberal Egyptian Party, announced their merger at a press conference late Tuesday, forming the new Egyptian Social Democratic Party, according to reports.

Expressing the need for separate secular parties to unite, Amr Hamzawy, a political analyst with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, called on the country’s secular liberal groups to follow suit, Egyptian daily Al Masry Al Youm reports.

Representatives from the liberal groups said their new party would aim to represent all Egyptians without discrimination and that they would avoid religious exclusivity but encourage religious figures to join.

“We are a liberal party that promotes free market policies, and we insist on a good social program for the poor people of Egypt. Our paramount concern is having a secular country,” Mohamed Abul Ghar, a leading member of the new party, was quoted as saying by Al Masry Al Youm.

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