Demolition starts on defunct NDP headquarters

Ahram Online , Sunday 31 May 2015

Its buildings were torched during the 2011 uprising that ousted party head and long-time autocrat Hosni Mubarak

NDP headquarters (Photo: Mai Shaheen)

The demolition of Egypt’s former ruling National Democratic Party (NDP)’s Cairo headquarters began on Sunday, deputy Cairo governor Mohamed Abdel Tawab told the Ahram Arabic news website.

Its buildings were torched on 28 January 2011, during mass protests demanding the ouster of its party head and former president Hosni Mubarak.

In April 2015, the Egyptian cabinet approved demolishing the headquarters, which consists of two buildings behind the Egyptian Museum on Tahrir Square.

The West Cairo District authority received the demolition license for the headquarters, and handed it over to the engineering body of the Egyptian armed forces.

Mubarak was forced to step down 11 February 2011.

He has since been on trial for several charges, including the killing of peaceful protesters during the 2011 uprising, but has been acquitted of most of them.

The NDP was dissolved by court order in April 2011 and its assets were seized by the state.

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