Free Egyptians party denies cooperating with NDP figures

Ahram Online, Monday 14 Nov 2011

The party denies that its Beheira Governorate lists contain the names of former NDP members

The Free Egyptians party (El-Masryeen El-Ahrar) has vehemently denied including remnants of the old regime on their Beheira Governorate candidacy lists for the upcoming parliamentary elections.

A statement issued by the party, which was founded by business mogul Naguib Sawiris, said that Mohamed Zein El-Din, Zoheir Sary and Mohamed Arafaat, who are all former members of the National Democratic Party (NDP), are not on the Free Egyptians party lists, as earlier claimed by political group the Popular Front to Face the Remnants.

Hani Sary El-Din, member of the Free Egyptians party’s presidential council, said that “these names do not exist on our lists in Beheira Governorate.” He added that “everybody needs to be careful while talking about elections at this critical phase.”

Should it be enforced, a recently returned court verdict will prevent any of the former NDP members from running in elections. It would also rule out electoral lists that include any such former members.

The notorious NDP was the party of ousted president Hosni Mubarak, and became defunct shortly after the January 25 Revolution which led to his overthrow.

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