Court bans NDP leaders from running in elections
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The Cairo Court for Urgent Matters ordered on Tuesday the prevention of former National Democratic Party (NDP) leaders from running in elections, the state-owned Al-Ahram portal reported.

The published court ruling did not specify what defines leadership in the party, but banned former NDP members from running in presidential, parliamentary and municipal elections.

In the ruling, which was published by the privately owned Al-Masry Al-Youm, the court said that the party played a role in forming corrupt governments, drafting laws that contradicted the constitution and delaying the implementation of court verdicts.

“Egypt is preparing for a new era after two glorious revolutions, where Egyptians are aspiring for a good life away from the corruption and oppression that marred the rule of the two former regimes,” the court ruling read, adding that this is why it is safer to disallow NDP leaders and former parliament members from running in the upcoming elections.

A political isolation law banning NDP members from running for office was drafted by the Islamist Wasat Party and issued in 2011, but its constitutionality was contested by the Supreme Constitutional Court in 2012. 

A similar provision was put forward in the 2012 Constitution, which was drafted by a mostly Islamist assembly. In its transitional provisions, the 2012 Constitution banned leaders of the NDP from running in presidential and legislative elections for a period of 10 years. However, the document was abrogated last July with the ouster of former president and Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Morsi. 

Critics of isolation provisions say they strip away people’s political rights. 

Meanwhile, supporters of Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the main presidential candidate and the most likely to hold the post, say that the would-be president is distancing himself from both the Hosni Mubarak regime and NDP. 

The State Council dissolved the NDP in 2011 and ordered the confiscation of its assets, which were to be transferred to the state treasury.


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