Democratic Labour (Al Omal Democrati) Party

The party announced its establishment in February 2011. Its founder is Kamal Khalil, an engineer.

 

General political and economic orientation

The party calls for a parliamentary republic that provides freedom to political parties, trade unions, and media, and election of all leading positions from local management—mayors, city chiefs, governors, etc.—to all scientific and service institutions.

The party calls for an economic system that acts on the expansion of the public sector through investment in strategic projects. The party stresses the return of the government’s pivotal role in development and investment, with the application of a minimum and a maximum wage.

 

Quotes from the party manifesto

“Committing to democracy through a constitution that serves human rights, citizenship, and freedom of expression through a parliamentary republic that provides freedom to political parties, trade unions, and media, and election of all leading positions from local management—mayors, city chiefs, governors, etc.—to all scientific and service institutions.”

“Raising the minimum wage to a level that meets basic needs while linking wages to prices.”

“Freedom of the press and freedom to organise strikes, sit-ins, and protests without notice.”

“Bringing down Egypt’s Trade Union imposed by the former regime and the formation of a new union for independent trade unions.”

“Nationalisation of large companies that were sold cheaply to businessmen and foreign companies. Nationalisation is to be carried out without compensation and within a true democratic framework that gives workers enough power to control and oversee the boards of these companies.”

“Imposing progressive taxes that completely exempt poor people, workers, employees, and minor landowners and that raise the tax ceiling on the rich and on large companies.”

“Halting all forms of privatisation in the field of health as well as nationalising major private hospitals, restoring free health care services, and increasing health spending.”

“Halting all forms of normalisation with [Israel] in all political, military, cultural, diplomatic, and commercial areas, with priority given to the cessation of natural gas exports to [Israel] and the cancellation of the QIZ agreement.”

“Just as our people have brought down the humiliating 1936 treaty with the British … we should also seek to cancel the Camp David treaty and its confidential supplements, when the country regains its vigor and power.”

“Allocating Suez Canal revenues to a better life for citizens—solving the crises of unemployment, housing, and other problems that suppress the popular classes. Forbidding the passage of any warship in the Suez Canal that aims to invade, destroy, and occupy Arab lands as was the case with with American forces in Iraq.”

 

About the party

The party includes labor leaders from various positions as well as farmers, professionals, and artisans.