Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

To smack or not to smack?

Read more

DEBATE

Soft on Smacking? France slammed for not banning corporal punishment (part 2)

Read more

FOCUS

French Muslims refuse to be scapegoats for extremists

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'Obama needs to provide real answers to Netanyahu's arguments'

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Hollande: 'We have to tear voters away from the National Front'

Read more

FACE-OFF

French local elections: Far-right National Front in pole position

Read more

ENCORE!

Film Show: 'Citizen Four', 'The Circle' and 'Wolf Totem'

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Tangerine Dream: Afropolitan star Yemi Alade chats to FRANCE 24

Read more

MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Iraq: Islamic State group's child soldiers

Read more

Africa

Egypt dissolves Mubarak’s political party

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2011-04-17

An Egyptian court Saturday ordered the country’s former ruling party to be dissolved and the confiscation of its assets, in line with a main demand of the protest movement that ousted former president Hosni Mubarak.

AP - An Egyptian court ordered the dissolving of the country’s former ruling party and the confiscation of its assets on Saturday, meeting a major demand of the protest movement that ousted President Hosni Mubarak.

Activists have been pressing Egypt’s ruling military to abolish the National Democratic Party, fearing that even after the fall of Mubarak on Feb. 11 - and the arrest of many of its top leaders - remnants of the party could still try to hold power in the country. In particular, the NDP could still have been a powerful contender in the first post-Mubarak parliament elections due in September.
 
The court verdict ordering its dissolving appeared to signal that the military was moving more quickly to meet protester demands after a dramatic rise in tensions between the two sides. Activists had increasingly accused the military - which took power after Mubarak’s ouster - of protecting remnants of his regime.
 
The order came only days after Mubarak and his sons were put under detention for investigation on allegations of corruption and involvement in the killing of protesters.
 
The Supreme Administrative Court announced the verdict, ordering the NDP disbanded and the confiscation of its assets and offices by the state. Lawyers had raised a suit demanding its dissolution, accusing the party of corruption.
 
For years, the NDP held an unbreakable monopoly over Egypt’s political life. It consistently held overwhelming majorities in parliament, largely because of widespread vote rigging during elections. Its members controlled the hierarchy of Egypt’s vast and powerful bureaucracy.
 
It also effectively could determine what other parties could be formed, since any new party had to be approved by a body dominated by the NDP. As a result, Egypt’s recognized opposition parties are largely weak with little grassroots support.

 

Date created : 2011-04-16

  • EGYPT

    How the Egyptian army finally abandoned Mubarak

    Read more

  • EGYPT

    Mubarak taken to hospital over heart problems

    Read more

  • EGYPT

    Mubarak breaks silence to condemn corruption charges

    Read more

COMMENT(S)