Sabbahi, ElBaradei meet to discuss fluid political environment

Nasserist presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi, who placed third in the first round of the presidential election, met with chief founder of the Constitution Party Mohamed ElBaradei late Monday to discuss the political situation in Egypt.

Also in attendance were Journalists Syndicate deputy chief Gamal Fahmy and journalist Ibrahim Eissa.

Sabbahi’s presidential campaign said on its website that the talks addressed the potential situation after the Supreme Constitutional Court decides two important cases on Thursday — one on the constitutionality of the Political Isolation Law, which if rejected by the court would disqualify presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq from the race; the other on the legality of the system of voting used in the last parliamentary elections, which if deemed invalid could lead to the dissolution of Parliament.

Another hurdle discussed was the election of the committee that will draft Egypt’s new constitution, and the principles and rights that must be included in that constitution.

The meeting also discussed the possibility of coordination between various revolutionary and political forces to create a wide-scale popular current, which would work on realizing the goals of the 25 January revolution.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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