Hamdeen Sabahi leader of Al-Karama party in Egypt
Position: Leader, Al-Karama party
Biography: Hamdeen Sabahi is the founder and leader of the still unregistered Al-Karama party. Sabahi founded the group in 1996 after defecting from the Nasserist party.
Sabahi is a popular Arab nationalist and was elected to parliament in 2005. He considered running for the presidency that year, but later changed his mind and called upon Egyptians to boycott the poll.
Sabahi is a founding member of the National Association for Change, which is an association of various groups that support reforms in Egypt and its political system.
Outside politics, Sabahi is a journalist and founder of the Al-Karama party newspaper. On 30 March, Sabahi said he intended to stand as an independent candidate in the upcoming presidential election and laid out the three priorities of his campaign. Political democracy, social justice and an independent Egypt are the three proposed pillars of his campaign.
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