Controversial parliamentarian and media personality Mostafa Bakry resigned from the state-affiliated Support Egypt coalition on Tuesday after disagreements with the coalition’s administration, the privately owned Al-Masry Al-Youm reported.
In his resignation letter, which was circulated by a number of media outlets including the privately owned Youm7, Bakry states that he experienced tension with the head of the Support Egypt coalition, General Sameh Seif al-Yazal.
He also stated that several members of the Support Egypt coalition would have been willing to leave with him, but he urged them to stay to prevent divisions within the coalition. He explained that he was leaving was for the good of the coalition, as his presence was causing ruptures within it.
Bakry was a prominent member of the state-supported For the Love of Egypt electoral list, also led by Seif al-Yazal, which won all of the list seats in the 2015 parliamentary elections. The Support Egypt coalition is largely composed of former members of the For the Love of Egypt list.
Bakry previously considered running for speaker of the house, but withdrew after Seif al-Yazal stated that he would no longer be a member of the Support Egypt coalition if Bakry became speaker.
The Support Egypt coalition is largely seen as an attempt by the state to create a new National Democratic Party (NDP), although it has struggled to gain the near universal parliamentary support once held by the NDP. The coalition has failed to win the support of both the influential Free Egyptians Party and the Wafd Party, both of which also did well in the elections. The Free Egyptians Party came out on top in the elections, winning a total of 65 individual seats, while the Wafd Party came in third in the elections, winning 33 individual seats.
Support Egypt is largely formed by independent parliamentarians. Currently, it has almost 380 members, and has also managed to gain the support of the Nation’s Future Party, which won the second largest amount of individual seats in parliament, with 53 seats.
Bakry has a history of publicly supporting the state. Him and his brother, Mahmoud Bakry, are known for running a tabloid called Al-Osbou and for their connections with the military, security apparatus and Mubarak regime.