An Arab World committed to the principles of freedom,
responsibility, pluralism, tolerance, market economy,
civil state and separation of religion from state affairs,
where every citizen enjoys a life of peace and prosperity.
ALF aims to strengthen liberal parties
in the Arab countries, by empowering them
in term of winning elections and
the recruitment of future political leaders.
Yassine Brahim won the presidency of Afek Tounes
Huffpost Tunisie, 2 April 2017
Yassine Brahim was elected President of the Afek Tounes Party with 69.8% of the vote, in the margins of the 2nd Congress of the party.
He thus outstripped his opponent Faouzi Ben Abderhamen who collected 30.2% of the votes of the delegates.
At the opening of the Congress, Yassine Brahim had considered that Tunisia "can progress only by establishing a fair and courageous state, capable of fighting corruption without hesitation".
Dr. Mahmoud Al-Alaily is running for the presidency of the Free Egyptians Party
Dr. Mahmoud Al-Alayli, president of ALF and a leader member of the Free Egyptians Party, submitted his candidacy papers for the presidency of the party to the Internal Elections Committee. On the same list according to the regulation text of the party the young leader, Ahmed Samer Ali, is running for the position of the General Secretary.
The campaign slogan of Al Alaily “ Free Egyptians for the Free Egyptians”.
Al-Alaily has resigned from the board of trustees to be eligible to run for executive positions of the party again, hoping that his candidacy will win the confidence of the general assembly of the party, which is close to four thousand members who have the right to run for election at the upcoming general assembly. According to the president of ALF, his aim is to restore the party once again away from those who try to kidnap and exclude its members and founders, that in order to protect its capabilities from loss and its values of corruption and assuring its return to the place aspired by Egyptian citizens, by applying its programs while preserving its values and principles on which the party was founded.
Canadian MPs discuss progress, challenges & priorities in North Africa
Liberal International, Friday 27 January 2017
A parliamentary delegation from Canada visited Tunisia and Egypt for broad discussions on the prospects for future cooperation. Rob Oliphant, a Liberal Party of Canada (LI full member) Member of Parliament and Chairman of the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security, recently led an all-party delegation of Canadian parliamentarians to Tunisia and Egypt to assess the emerging democracies and democratic institutions in those two countries 6 years after the Arab Spring revolutions.
In Cairo the delegation had a wide range of meetings, starting with the Egyptian president General Sisi, the Pope of the Coptic Church, the Grand Imam Sheikh al Azhar, the Speaker of the House and Members from the Committee of Foreign Affairs and Committee of African Affairs, as well as various academic and non-governmental institutions.
While in Cairo, Mr. Oliphant had a meeting with Dr. Mahmoud el Alaily, President of Arab Liberal Federation – ALF (LI cooperating organisation) at which they discussed the current affairs in the region. "We face new international circumstances which have effect on Egypt and the Middle East on one hand and effect Canada and the West on the other hand," commented after the meeting Dr Alaily.
Mr. Oliphant and Dr. Alaily also discussed the future of the Liberal movement in Egypt represented mainly by the Free Egyptian Party (FEP). "The Free Egyptians Party is a strong liberal force in Egypt attempting to help Egypt become a liberal democracy," said after the meeting Mr. Oliphant. He continued: "We talked about challenges and exchanged ideas, thoughts and hopes. Liberal International continues to provide us opportunities to foster international relationships in the pursuit of liberal values and goals in countries around the globe."
Joyce Murray, Liberal MP from Vancouver, Parliamentary Secretary for the President of the Treasury Board, was also part of the Canadian parliamentary delegation. Liberal Party of Canada and Free Egyptians Party are full members of Liberal International
Free Egyptians Part, owing the owner of the largest partisan bloc in the Egyptian People's Assembly, is facing a turning moment following the decision of the General Assembly which were held Friday, december 30th 2016, of cancelling the Board of Trustees. According to this decision the businessman Naguib Sawiris has been officially been removed outside the party. An important number of the party members have reported against the General Assembly.
Dr. Mahmoud al-Alayli, member of the party Political Bureau declared to the newspaper of Al-Ahram that the internal crisis of the party is somehow covered in an inappropriate manner. According to him the party is an important entity with the majority in the parliament, and played an important role during the past few years, and tried to establish liberal values in the country, and made many projects in various fields.
He explained the overall situation of the party now after the sudden decision of the General Assembly, led by Dr. Isam Khalil, head of «Free Egyptians Party» and the party deputies in parliament, to overthrow of the Board of Trustees, including Naguib Sawiris, the founder of the party. This decision was considered as coup against the founders and unlegal according to the bylaws of the party.
Alayli said that «FEP» now is facing one of the worse a worse situation as a political party because it involves a dispute over the «institutionality» and “legitimacy». The party has been founded according to a specific institutional form, on the top of the party internal institutions: «Board of Trustees» and «presidential» and «the Secretariat – General Assembly». He added that «the board of Trustees» includes the owners of the idea of the party who have made a significant effort to it’s foundation. The Board is supposed to look after the good establishment of the party values and main ideas, programs and policies of the party. The Board also is assigning to solve the conflicts between the party internal institutions, and can not in any way become a part of the conflict between these institutions. He also expressed his disapproval of the attacks against the «board of Trustees» by characterizing it as «The Bureau of Guidance», (similar to the the bureau of the Muslim Brotherhood organisation) of the party; or by accusing it of serving as a «Guidance Bureau» imposing his opinion. He explained that the idea of «the board of Trustees» exist in many the political parties and civil institutions and others, and it’s not an invention of FEP. He also added that if it was really the case, and the Board was aiming to impose it’s view and guidance on the party we would never have been facing the actual conflict, because it would have taken a dictatorial decisions. He added that the intervention of «the Board of Trustees» was because it found «violation» of the internal laws of the party that the General Assembly was trying to pass without the consent of the Board. That while it is the core of the Board responsibility according to the established institutional form of the party. All who joined the party knew since the beginning this institutional form and that the «board of Trustees» role, so there is nothing new for the members and leaders. Dr. Al Alaily also explained that the beginning of the crisis was because of the objection of an important stream within the party, especially the stream represented on it’s top the Board of Trustees, on the performance of some of the policies and political positions of the party during the last period concerning the laws of freedoms and the law of civil associations and economic laws and the law of churches, that was presented by the party and was not although supported by the party deputies and members. All of these issues are critics on the party's performance. So a disagreements appeared concerning the issue of the party funding. It aws noted that some of the party are dealing with Naguib Sawiris, the founder of the party as only a party financier bulking him from expressing his political views, although he is a member of the Board of Trustees. And Dr. Al-Alaily added that if there are members and leaders of the party who have political views, the founder of the party and the member of the board of Trustees should also have a political opinion.
He added that the party situation is «in crisis» and the judiciary solution is the only way they have, and he pointed out at the same time that it is still not appropriate to predict the future of the party, and also it is very early to talk about the freezing of the party or about fate of the party 64 deputies in the parliament. Al- Alayli noted at last that he does not know now who is financing the party after that Essam Khalil has taken a new headquarter in Heliopolis.