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Cairo court bans former NDP members from running in elections

Members of Hosni Mubarak's National Democratic Party (NDP) are banned by a court ruling from running in elections

Ahram Online, Tuesday 6 May 2014
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The National Democratic Party Headquarters building as it still stands after it was put to the torch in the early days of the 25 January revolution (Photo: Injy El-Kashef)
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The Cairo Court for Urgent Matters banned on Tuesday members of Hosni Mubarak’s now defunct National Democratic Party from running in parliamentary, presidential as well as local unit elections.

The judges reasoned that the NDP had passed laws that violated the constitution and ignored court rulings. The court stated that the party was dissolved by a previous court ruling in 2011 following Mubarak's ouster and its return to political life will pose a threat to Egypt and anger Egyptians.

The 2012 constitution committee, voted in by the post-Mubarak parliament, had approved a constitutional article prohibiting citizens who were members of the NDP in the last 10 years of Mubarak’s rule from running in elections.

The constitutional committee formed following the ouster of the Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi decided against an article that excludes any group from running for an electoral position.

Committee member Magdi El-Agat, who was also the judge that ordered the dissolution of the NDP in 2011, argued that stripping citizens of their political rights must be instituted through judicial order rather than by the national charter.

Last month, the Alexandria Court for Urgent Matters issued a ruling banning of Muslim Brotherhood members from running in elections.

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Ben
06-05-2014 03:27pm
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SiSi's Colossal mistake
While the Muslim Brotherhood may have overstepped their boundaries and did not quite give a adequate weight to civil liberties and their value the mind of Egyptians of post Tahrir square uprising and the fall of Mubarak, Their treatment will haunt Al sisi for as long as he lives. What he did was not smart politics; he could have acted differently, but now its evident he had the presidency in mind. I give Al sisi 6 months if that much; he has too many enemies.
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Gemal
06-05-2014 02:21pm
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I still dream of a democratic Egypt
Is this democracy? To deny an entire political party the right to run just because of the misdeeds of a few is completely wrong. At this rate the only people who will be eligible to run for anything will be members of the police and the military. Everyone forgets that it was the Muslim Brotherhood that appointed Sisi to his position in the military. Without Morsi, Sisi would be just another faceless person in the military.
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Ben
06-05-2014 03:33pm
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You are so right Gemal, Al sisi dug himself a hole that is too deep to climb out of. I love Egypt and hope for a good outcome from these elections. My experience however leads me to think otherwise. As I mentioned in a comment, It is a colossal mistake
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