Naguib Sawiris, a prominent Egyptian businessman, has launched a new political party called “Al Masryeen Al Ahrar,” or “The free Egyptians.”
In a press conference on Sunday, Sawiris stressed the importance of “positiveness” in the coming five months, a period in which the voices of the silent majority would arise to solve the dilemma between the newly born parties in opposition to 80-year-old entities.
The founder of Al Masryeen Al Ahrar welcomed all public figures who would like to participate in the party. “The upper hand would be to those who really want to work for Egypt,” he said.
“All what [sic] we need now is to be positive and to start putting our words into actions on the ground and that’s why we didn’t unite with some other parties because we didn’t feel their commitment to do that, they just keeping talking,” said Sawiris.
Although Sawiris is an initial founder of the party he is satisfied with being a member of the board of trustees: “I myself won’t be the head of the party so as not to let anyone say it’s ‘his’ party and to leave the platform to the youth to play their role, which they started in the 25th of January [revolution],” he announced.
Mohamed Salmawy, the Egyptian novelist, praised the theme of the party and Sawiris himself for attracting a large segment of society who were reluctant to participate in the political process.
He said that they believe the process of setting the main goals and principles of the party should be carried out by all party’s committees to enrich it with new ideas for the sake of Egypt.
The major goals stated briefly in the conference aimed at developing the country to achieve equality for all citizens politically, economically, socially, scientifically and to preserve the dignity of all Egyptians inside and outside the country.
By Heba Hesham