Egypt’s Revolution Youth Coalition (RYC) has officially announced its dissolution during a press conference Saturday citing that Egypt’s post-revolution transitional period had come to an end. Whether the coalition – which included a disparate array of political forces – failed or succeeded in achieving its revolutionary goals, however, still remains the source of debate.
The conference was supposed to be held last Tuesday but was delayed until Saturday for undisclosed reasons. Upon the delay, rumours circulated that the coalition was mulling over postponing its dissolution until a new constitution is ratified.
The suggestion was ruled out at the press conference held at the El Sawy Culturewheel in the upscale district of Zamalek, Cairo.
Last week, RYC co-founder Shady El-Ghazli Harb told reporters that, following the recent election of a new civilian president, there was “no longer a need” for the revolutionary youth group that emerged with such force in the wake of last year’s Tahrir Square uprising.
Abdel-Rahman Fares, another RYC co-founder, echoed this sentiment. “There’s no longer a need for the coalition,” Fares told Ahram Online. “We already agreed that the RYC’s role would conclude with the end of Egypt’s transitional period.”
Fares went on to say that the RYC planned to hold a press conference on Saturday at which coalition members would issue a comprehensive statement listing their successes in achieving revolutionary goals.
In a recent statement on Twitter, the activist stated that he, along with some other RYC members, had wanted the coalition to remain in existence until a new constitution was drafted. In the end, however, they had agreed to disband following just-concluded presidential elections that put the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi in the presidential palace.
Formed during last year’s 18-day uprising, the RYC first emerged as a political coalition representing disparate currents of revolutionary youth. Following the ouster of president Hosni Mubarak, the coalition became an official representative of the Egyptian revolution, issuing media statements and holding talks with Egypt’s then-ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) – at least until the army’s forceful dispersion of a Tahrir Square sit-in on 8 April of last year.
Throughout 2011, the RYC’s role was felt in Tahrir Square protests and sit-ins, both through its official demands and statements and through media statements issued by its members.
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