ALF statement concerning Free Egyptian Party executive leadership statements
The statements made by one of the leaders of the executive bureau of the Free Egyptians Party, concerning ALF are misleading and up to the point of spreading and promoting lies (*). If these statements didn’t show chicanery and bad faith, it proves once more the ignorance of the political structure both domestically or regionally on the Arab level and of course on the international level.
And whether the executives of the Free Egyptians Party believes that their own party is an unknown party, it is an issue that remains up to them. Notwithstanding, it’s so said that the party media secretary is not aware that the Future Movement in Lebanon is the majority party and that it’s leader is the Prime Minister in his country, it is amazing also that they are not realizing that among the ALF members the Tunisian party “Afek Tunis” that two of its members are in the actual government and three as state ministers. As members also, three Moroccan parties which participated in the last government and are currently involved in the formation of the upcoming governmental coalition. That in addition to the Liberal Democratic Party of Sudan and TMM party from Mauritania, the National Liberal Party of Lebanon, the Congress Party of Egypt, the Free Thought Forum from Jordan and the Forum for Democracy from Palestine.
ALF members the Tunisian party “Afek Tunis” that two of his members are in the actual government and three as state ministers. As members also, three Moroccan parties which participated in the last government and are currently involved in the formation of the upcoming governmental coalition. That in addition to the Liberal Democratic Party of Sudan and TMM party from Mauritania, the National Liberal Party of Lebanon, the Congress Party of Egypt, the Free Thought Forum from Jordan and the Forum for Democracy from Palestine.
As for the Friedrich Naumann Foundation, which cited in general in the statements, it is a respectable German institution that worked in Egypt for more than forty years consequently. It worked on education and training of cadres of the official political parties on political systems and general principles. Over these years of its work in Egypt, it carried out formally all its activities and with legitimate entities openly and transparently. On other hand the foundation has official offices in most of the Arab countries with democratic regimes.
Liberal International was also mentioned and qualified by the same politically irresponsible statements. This organisation is a large international organisation, working as umbrella gathering liberal parties in the world.
The ALF hopes that the Free Egyptians Party retrieves the values of liberalism to emphasis the democratic process that the party has begun in since founded, and to uphold the rule of law, respect of human rights in addition to upholding all freedom of opinion and expression values. ALF hopes that the party, so, can regain his role as a political actor in the Egyptian political scene on one hand and on the regional and international level, on the other hand.
(*) These statements made by Media Secretary of the FEP, qualified the ALF members as few in number and unknown parties. It also gave for example the Future Movement in Lebanon and the Free Egyptian Party in Egypt.
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
Arab Liberal Union, a statement about the events of the Egyptian cathedral
ALF is condemning the dastardly terrorist action that killed dozens of peaceful Egyptian prayers of pure women and innocent children, in the Botroseya Cathedral in Cairo.
Dr. Mahmoud al-Alayli, president of ALF expressed that the Egyptian blood of the martyrs of the armed forces or the police or the Church martyrs is one blood has the same sanctity, and may their souls rest in peace and mercy.
ALF expresses its sincere condolences to the families of martyrs and to all the Egyptians, cause of the these acts of treachery and cowardice. ALF is urging all the countries of the free world and all international institutions to declare a global war which ends by the complete elimination of all who permitted himself to threaten the safety of the peaceful innocent people all over the world and all conspirator under the guise of religion to the shedding the saint blood, prohibited by all religions and customs.
ALF Statement on the Lebanese election
ALF is expressing its appreciation for the political steps taken in Lebanon over the past week, by the election of the president of the republic. That after a period of inertia, which in turn has ended by the designation of the Future Movement leader, Mr. / Saad Hariri, as prime minister. This step will lead to political stability in the Lebanon, and that will be directly reflected in the political and economic future of the state. That will also have a positive impact on the region suffering political and military complications, especially its immediate neighborhood.
On his part, the Federation congratulates the Lebanese citizens who were able to overcome the past difficult phase and wishes a fruitful future to Lebanon and deserved political stability.
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.