Mahmoud Turki of Nour Salafist Party (left) during the inaugural session of the Egyptian Senate - Youtube still
CAIRO - 19 October 2020: Nour Party has thanked President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi for appointing two of its members in the Senate.
The Senate held its inaugural session Sunday. Egypt has not had this council since 2013, then called the Shura Council. It was dissolved after the January 25 Revolution in 2011, and again in June 2013 after an election that the Constitutional Court had found unconstitutional.
Sisi appointed 100 members out of 300, including Ashraf Thabet and Mahmoud Turky. The latter is also the youngest member of the Senate at 35 years old.
Nour Party was the main supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood in every election after 2011, with both coordinating to dominate decision-making entities. Some differences appeared every now and then, mainly about the Brotherhood's not giving Nour Party positions that equal its support and voter base, in the Salafist party's perspective.
After the ouster of late President Mohamed Morsi in 2013, Nour Party distanced itself from the Brotherhood and continued its partisan path, but its popularity as a political figure dropped dramatically.