Gamal Mubarak supporters to establish political party

A coalition formed to support the son of former President Hosni Mubarak for the presidency is seeking to establish a political party.

Supporters of Gamal Mubarak are attempting to maintain their political activities past the post-Mubarak era.

Gamal al-Menshawy, a founder of  al-Sahwa al-Arabiya (The Arab Renaissance), said the new entity includes Magdi al-Kurdy, the leader of the popular pro-Gamal campaign. He said the new party upholds concepts and goals that have not yet been addressed, adding that it embraces Egyptians from all social classes.

Al-Menshawy revealed that a number of citizens from the pro-Gamal coalition have joined the planned party, as well as others, which he said will enrich Egypt's political life.

He explained that one of the party's goals is to establish a confederation of Arab states, with each state preserving its own political system, in addition to issuing a unified Arab currency, a common Arab economic market and a joint Arab army.

Over the past years, Mubarak was widely believed to be grooming his younger son, Gamal, to succeed him as president. Gamal Mubarak was the chairman of the influential Policies Secretariat for the previously-ruling National Democratic Party (NDP).

Last August, al-Kurdy, then an unknown political activist, banded together a coalition to support Gamal for presidency. The ruling NDP denied any links to the campaign.

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