Ayman Nour

Ayman Nour and his wife, Gameela Ismail

"We have established a constitution [based on] a new outlook, which reflects our desire to amend the law. [Our goal is to] abolish the emergency laws and all laws that limit freedom, and protect the fundamental civil rights – the right to demonstrate, assemble, form parties and publish newspapers".

Akhbar Al-Yawm (Egypt), August 8, 2005

"We represent a new outlook… and we are true reformists".
"The regime knows only one language. It is the language of prisons and arrests".

Al-‘Arabi (Egypt), September 25, 2005

 

Ayman Nour, founder of Al-Ghad Party, was born in Al-Mansoura in the Daqahliya governorate in 1964. Dr. Nour graduated from Al-Mansoura University's Faculty of Law in 1985, he obtained a Master degree in Political history and later his PhD in International law.

Dr. Nour began working as a journalist for the liberal Wafd Party newspaper, Al-Wafd, in 1984, and rose up in the party's ranks to become an elected member of the Wafd's Higher Committee.

In 1995, Nour ran for and won a parliamentary seat representing Cairo's Bab Al- Sha'riya district. In 2000, he was re-elected.


On October 27, 2004, Dr. Nour created the Al-Ghad Party (the Party of Tomorrow) and became president at the party's first convention few days later.

Al-Ghad party stands for liberal and democratic values, with a strong focus on human rights issues. Dr. Nour calls for constitutional reform, limiting the president's powers and opening presidential elections to multiple candidates.

Dr. Nour was stripped of his parliamentary immunity and arrested on January 29, 2005. He was charged with forging PAs (Powers of Attorney) to secure the formation of the Al-Ghad party. Dr. Nour strongly denied the charges.

The arrest, occurring in the election year, was widely criticized by governments around the world.

Dr. Nour remained active despite his imprisonment, writing critical articles and make his case and cause better known.

On March 12, 2005, he was released on bail, a week after he announced from jail his decision to run for President. He was the first runner-up in the 2005 presidential election with 7 per cent of the vote according to government figures and estimated at 13 per cent by independent observers.

On December 24, 2005 he was sentenced to five years in jail.

Ayman Nour is married with Gameela Ismail, journalist and political activist, and is father of two kids, Shady and Nour.