More than 200 members of the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP)'s branch in the southern city of Kom Ombo have submitted a collective resignation from the party because they felt they were being "marginalized."
Those who resigned complain of the lack of equal representation in the NDP for various local tribes, pointing out that all major party posts had been given to members of the tribe to which the city's mayor belongs. Although they had lodged complaints in the past, they say, they had never received a response from party headquarters.
NDP Kom Ombo Branch Secretary-General Khalaf Saeed, however, denied that any resignations had been tendered.
Notably, a similar dispute occurred in the ruling party's Kom Ombo branch in the 1990s, which led to the NDP's loss of the parliamentary seat for Kom Ombo to the Wafd opposition party.
Translated from the Arabic Edition.