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Court approves former army general's request to form party, rejects Tamarud movement's

By Aswat Masriya

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Thursday ,29 January 2015

Court approves former army general's request to form party, rejects Tamarud movement's

Egypt's Supreme Administrative Court approved on Wednesday a request by former army general Sami Anan to form a political party, while it rejected a similar request by Tamarod youth group's co-founder.

Wednesday's sentence is final and cannot be appealed, a judicial source said.

Egypt's Committee for Political Parties' Affairs had turned down last December both requests for failing to meet certain legal requirements. It referred the matter to the administrative court.

Anan played a role in the post-January 2011 uprising's transitional phase. He was deputy head of the Supreme Council for the Armed Forces (SCAF) which governed the country since the overthrow of former President Hosni Mubarak in February 2011 and until the election of ousted Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in June 2012.

After he was sent to retirement in August 2012, Anan was appointed a military affairs advisor for Mursi. In 2013, he tendered his resignation in solidarity with the June 30 protests against Mursi’s rule.

The former army general had intended to run for the 2014 presidential elections yet later withdrew from the race.

Tamarod started out in April 2013 as a grassroots campaign calling for early presidential elections. It is seen as the driving force behind Mursi's military ouster in July 2013 following mass protests against his rule.