Egypt court lets Mubarak's men run
15 November 2011, 09:11
Cairo - A Cairo court on Monday agreed to allow members of ousted
president Hosni Mubarak's party to run in upcoming polls, overturning a
decision by a lower court last week.
The Higher Administrative
Court ruled in favour of allowing members of Mubarak's now-dissolved
National Democratic Party to participate in the country's November
legislative polls, the first elections since the end of the strongman's
In April, an Egyptian court dissolved the NDP and ordered its funds and property to be handed to the government.
then ruling party drew much of its loyalty from its function as a
patronage machine. With around three million members, the NDP controlled
parliament, municipalities and businesses.
The skeleton of its
burned headquarters overlooking the Nile serves as a reminder of the
people's anger towards the party that came to symbolise corruption and
Dozens of high-profile party members, including former
ministers, are currently in jail on corruption charges, but several
thousand are believed to be planning to run for public office again.
members have formed new parties or joined existing parties and plan to
contest the November elections, while remnants of the old regime have
been blamed for continuing to incite chaos and violence.
court decision, which was expected, is likely to see activists step up
their campaigns to keep former regime members out of politics, a key
demand of weekly protests since Mubarak's ousting in February.
October, members of the former regime held a mass rally and demanded to
be allowed to run in the elections saying they should not be excluded
from the post-revolt process.
"The revolution aimed to bring
about freedom, dignity, democracy and social justice, not to promote
some parties and exclude others, or restore dictatorship in any of its
forms," ex-minister of social solidarity Ali Moselhi said.