Egypt's court orders to dissolve ex-ruling party

Updated: 2011-04-16 22:16


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Egypt's court orders to dissolve ex-ruling party

A man walks past electoral banners for Egypt's ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) showing Egypt's President and head of the ruling NDP Hosni Mubarak (R), his son and NDP deputy head Gamal Mubarak (L) and NDP politician and candidate Ayman Salah Mekled (C) in Cairo in this November 22, 2010 file photo. An Egyptian court on April 16, 2011 ordered the dissolution of the political party of former President Hosni Mubarak, one of the demands of the protesters who ended his 30-year rule. [Photo/Agencies]

CAIRO - The Egyptian supreme administrative court ordered on Saturday to dissolve the former ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) and hand its assets to the government, the state TV reported.

The NDP, under the leadership of former President Hosni Mubarak, has ruled the country for about three decades and lost its popularity in the 18-day protests over its widespread corruption.

NDP spokesman Nabil Luka Bibawi was quoted by state news agency MENA as saying that the party will take legal procedures against the ruling on the dissolution of the party, explaining that the corruption of one part does not make the whole corrupt.

The party changed its name into New NDP on Monday and named Talaat Sadat, a nephew of the assassinated former president Anwar Sadat, as its head to replace Mubarak.


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