Democratic Jihad Party

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Democratic Jihad Party[1]

حزب الجهاد الديمقراطي
LeaderYasser Saad[1]
FounderNabil Na'eem[2]
Founded2012[3]
IdeologyCentrism[1]
Islamism[2]

The Democratic Jihad Party was an Egyptian political party made up of former members of the group Egyptian Islamic Jihad;[1] it was also made up of members of other "former jihadist groups".[3] The party is also known as the Islamic Democratic Jihad Party,[3] as well as the Islamist Jihadi Party.[2] A member of the party has stated that the party has "failed".[4] The party has stated that it supported Ahmed Shafiq in the 2012 presidential election; Sabra Ibrahim, a deputy founder in the party, stated that the party gave its support to Shafiq in order to prevent the establishment of a theocratic state ruled by the Muslim Brotherhood.[5] The party condemned the attack in August 2012 that killed 16 soldiers, saying that it was committed by “sinful terrorist[s].”[3] Yasser Saad[5] is now a member of an umbrella coalition of former jihadis, ex-members of the Muslim Brotherhood and ex-al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya members called the Moderate Front.[6]

Policy[edit]

Sheikh Yasser Saad, the leader of the party, has stated that the party will be inclusive regarding minorities.[1] A young female party member named Hanan Nouredin appeared unveiled at the press conference announcing the plan to found the party.[1]

Criticism[edit]

The party was criticized by Muhammad al-Zawahiri for embracing democracy.[7]

See also[edit]

  • Islamic Party, another political party founded by former Egyptian Islamic Jihad members

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Ex-Jihad members to found party, back Shafiq in Egypt presidency runoff". Ahram Online. 13 June 2012. Retrieved 8 February 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "New Shafiq-sponsored coalition". Daily News Egypt. 6 February 2013. Retrieved 8 February 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d "Update: SCAF says 35 assailants involved in border killings". Egypt Independent. 6 August 2012. Retrieved 8 February 2014.
  4. ^ "قيادي بحزب "الجهاد الديمقراطي": سعد الدين إبراهيم عرض علينا تمويلاً منساويرس.. لكننا رفضنا". El-Balad. 17 December 2013. Retrieved 31 March 2014.
  5. ^ a b "Islamic Jihad announces support for Shafiq in runoff". Egypt Independent. 12 June 2012. Retrieved 8 February 2014.
  6. ^ "Moderate Front to hold public conference to nominate Sisi for president". Cairo Post. 20 January 2014. Retrieved 8 February 2014.
  7. ^ "Mohammed al Zawahiri rejects 'filthy market of democracy'". Long War Journal. 12 June 2013. Retrieved 8 February 2014.