Activist group blames military council for NDP resurgence

The April 6 Youth Movement has blamed the ruling military council for the return of members of the disbanded National Democratic Party (NDP) to the political scene.

In a statement, the activist group said former NDP members have managed to resume political activity due to the council's failure to activate the 1952 Treason Law, which would deny the NDP the right to political activity for a specific period.

The group also prepared a list of nascent parties that it says have roots in the NDP.

Tareq al-Kohuly, the group’s spokesperson, said political powers fear that former NDP members might win a large number of seats during the upcoming parliamentary elections in November, especially in light of a proposed elections law that's been criticized by political groups.

The list includes Freedom Party, established by the NDP's former secretary in Qena, Moataz Mohamed Mahmoud; Egyptian Citizen Party, founded by a former NDP member in Daqahlia, Salah Hasab Allah; and Bedaya Party. 

It also includes Egypt Renaissance Democratic Party, established by Ahmed Abul Nazar, a former NDP member in Alexandria; and Egypt National Party, whose leader, Talaat al-Sadat, headed the NDP before it was disbanded. The Egypt National Party includes media host Tawfik Okasha, a Mubarak supporter, among its members.

Also included on the list are Renaissance Egypt Party, whose chief founder, Hossam Badrawy, was the former general secretary of the NDP; and Egypt Development Party, whose chief founder, Yaman al-Hamaqy, was a member of the NDP's general secretariat.

Translated from the Arabic Edition

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