MOSCOW, July 15 (RAPSI) – An appeals court in Cairo ruled on Monday that the leaders of the former ruling party of ousted President Hosni Mubarak would be able to run in the parliamentary elections this fall, AFP said citing sources in the court.
The decision by the Cairo Appeals Court for Urgent Matters overturns an earlier ruling that banned the NDP leaders from taking part in elections. The ruling was made at the initiative of Islamists led by Mohammed Morsi following Mubarak’s overthrow in 2011.
Nevertheless, their chances in the upcoming elections are slim, AFP writes.
The National Democratic Party invariably won parliamentary elections during Mubarak’s 30-year rule. Mubarak was routinely accused of falsifying election results. The party’s seats in parliament were often given to members of large south Egyptian clans. But it’s unlikely that they will be able to bring victory to their party at the upcoming elections, AFP writes.
President Morsi lost his position following mass protests in July 2013; the movement that supported him, the Muslim Brotherhood, was outlawed.
Under the new election law, 420 seats of the nearly 600-member Egyptian parliament will be elected as independents, with 120 chosen from party lists. Liberal and newly formed parties are campaigning against the law, demanding that a greater proportion be chosen from party lists.