The Free Egyptians (Al Masreyeen Al Ahrar) Party

The Free Egyptians (Al Masreyeen Al Ahrar) Party has a liberal background and was established on April 3, 2011. Its founder is businessman Naguib Sawiris.

The party's website is http://almasreyeenalahrrar.org

 

General political and economic orientation

The party calls for establishing a civil state based on the rule of the law and separation between religion and state. It is based on the idea of citizenship that treats all citizens equally without discrimination based on doctrine or ideology. All public positions like mayorships, local councils or governorships, are to be held by popular elections, not appointment.

The party also calls upon the state to adopt a market economy as a means of economic development, where the state only interferes to implement rules and mechanisms of the market economy and governs the conduct of the economic units in their dealings within local markets. It also calls for enhancing state and private sector partnership and modifying laws protecting public funds.

 

Quotes from the party manifesto

"Freedom of religious belief and practice in a civil state is a basic right for all individuals and cannot be breached. No restrictions or obligations can be imposed on any individual under the guise of any religious or ideological ideas."

"The system of social insurance should be reformed in a way that allows providing unemployment benefits for a certain amount of time. These should equal 60% of the last salary of the insured and cover the unemployed who are able to work and seek insurance for at least one year."

"Confirming the right to protest, strike and sit-in peacefully within boundaries of general decorum and order."

"Establishing a supreme council for the press and media instead of the dissolved ministry of mass communication. The council should be formed through direct elections from all newspapers and media bodies and should be the sole and supreme institution responsible for regulating media business and protecting its freedom of expression and commitment to the charter of press honor."

 

About the party

Prominent members include Mohammed Salmawy, writer; Mr. Gamal Al Ghitani; Dr. Hany Serieddin; Ahmed Fouad Negm, poet; Khaled Youssef, film director; Dr. Mahmoud Mehany, member of Islamic Research Academy and former vice rector of Al Azhar University; Engineer Naguib Sawiris, executive chairman of Orascom Telecom Holding; and Dr. Farouk Elmount Baz, director of space research in Boston in the US.