News / Middle East

Egyptian Court Bans More Politicians

Egypt’s Political Sphere Shrinks Even Morei
X
Elizabeth Arrott
May 09, 2014 7:28 PM
Egyptian officials continue to limit the scope of political dialogue ahead of a presidential election set for May 26 and 27. VOA’s Elizabeth Arrott has more from Cairo.
Egypt’s Political Sphere Shrinks Even More
Elizabeth Arrott
An Egyptian court has banned leaders of ousted president Hosni Mubarak's party from taking part in future elections, a day after presidential frontrunner Abdel Fattah el Sissi said the Muslim Brotherhood will not exist if he wins.

Under the Egyptian Court of Urgent Matters ruling, officials of the National Democratic Party would be barred from running in presidential, local or parliamentary elections set for later this year.
 
The court left unclear how many former NDP members would be affected.  None are running in this month’s presidential vote, a two-man race that former defense minister Abdel Fattah el Sissi is expected to win.
 
The NDP was dissolved after Mubarak’s ouster, but its former members nonetheless remain part of a political elite and retain considerable economic clout.  The constitution adopted earlier this year did not prove any barrier to their taking part in elections.
 
The main challenge to a Sissi presidency is the Muslim Brotherhood, the movement behind former president Mohamed Morsi who Sissi helped oust last year.
 
In this image made from video broadcast on Egypt's State Television, Egypt's retired Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi listens to a question during an interview in a nationally televised program in Cairo, Egypt, May 5, 2014.In this image made from video broadcast on Egypt's State Television, Egypt's retired Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi listens to a question during an interview in a nationally televised program in Cairo, Egypt, May 5, 2014.
x
In this image made from video broadcast on Egypt's State Television, Egypt's retired Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi listens to a question during an interview in a nationally televised program in Cairo, Egypt, May 5, 2014.
In this image made from video broadcast on Egypt's State Television, Egypt's retired Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi listens to a question during an interview in a nationally televised program in Cairo, Egypt, May 5, 2014.
Sissi dismissed the Muslim Brotherhood in a televised interview Monday, responding "yes, that is right," when asked whether the Brotherhood would cease to exist during his presidency.
 
His comments appeared to dash the hopes of Egypt’s remaining proponents of a post-election political reconciliation.
 
The Brotherhood has already been banned, labeled a terrorist organization, and thousands of its followers either killed or imprisoned.
 
Smaller, democratic forces have already felt the closing political sphere.  Late last month, the April 6 Movement, a key player in the 2011 uprising against Mubarak, was also banned.
 
Sissi’s approval rating is touted as more than 80 percent, with his supporters saying his strong stance offers Egypt its only hope of regaining stability.  But with his only opponent in the race garnering single digit support, analysts and opponents are asking whether political restrictions only risk a bigger backlash.
 
  • A man on a horse cart rides past a huge banner of former army chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, in downtown Cairo, May 6, 2014.
  • Egyptian presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabahi waves at his supporters during his campaign. He is the only opponent running against former army chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, in Mahalla, 125 kilometers north of Cairo, May 5, 2014.
  • Supporters of presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabahi raise posters of him during his campaign in Mahalla, 125 kilometers north of Cairo, May 5, 2014.
  • Supporters of former army chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi watch his first televised interview on a big screen, Cairo, May 5, 2014.
  • Former army chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi listens to a question during an interview in a nationally televised program on Egypt's State Television, in Cairo, May 5, 2014.
  • Supporters of former army chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi hold posters of him with Arabic writing that reads "Long Live Egypt" while watching his first televised interview on a big screen, Cairo, May 5, 2014.
  • Supporters of former army chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi dance and wave Egyptian flags during a rally, in Sadat City, May 5, 2014.
  • This photo released by the presidential campaign of Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi shows the candidate greeting supporters at a gathering of about 600 women, in Cairo, May 5, 2014.
  • A man pins pictures of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak on a poster showing presidential hopeful Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, in Cairo, May 4, 2014.

You May Like

UN Report Exposes Widespread Boko Haram Atrocities

Damning report graphically details pattern of vicious, widespread atrocities committed by Islamist militants More

Russia’s Prosecutor General to Review Legality of Baltics Independence

Move, announced Tuesday, has alarmed Baltic States and strained even further their increasingly tense ties with Moscow More

US Urged to Keep Up Pressure on Cuba Rights

Communist government continues to hold dozens of political prisoners, tightly restricts freedom of expression, uses threats, intimidation to discourage critics, according to activist groups More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: hytham gaffar from: egypt
May 07, 2014 7:42 AM
If not this attitude of this man critical turned Egypt into a country of civil war have alliance Brotherhood with terrorist groups militant from coast tighten control on the government and they are ready for an alliance with the devil in order to chair and Egypt was also said Sisi inside a dark tunnel all the greetings and appreciation to this hero this is the position of all the Egyptian people unanimously

by: MUSTAFA from: INDIA
May 07, 2014 12:01 AM
This is totally dictatorship. Mr.Sissi is the candidated from Saudi Arabia and UAE.SA & UAE played a very dirty game to remove Mr.Morsi from his seat, and now they are helping Egypt with finance as bribe in taking their dictation to remove Mr.Morsi from his seat.Mr.Sissi will follow the same system adopted in SA & UAE. There is no freedom of expression in both countries, if any body dare to critisice rulers he or they will be behind bars for how many years no body knows. Mr. Sissi wants the samy type of Govt with out any criticisum from any quarter. USA & West should not support dictator, they should support democracy.

by: hamed from: india
May 06, 2014 8:37 PM
The whole world is going against the law of God. Muslim brotherhood just want to restore the law of God. The only book of God without doubt is THE HOLY QURAN. No one can challenge the law of God. All the laws have been manipulated and changed according to the corrupt religious leaders and polititians. Muslim brotherhood or any true muslim just has the responsibility to propagate the law of God and try to implement it. Its always good for the people for example.... 1. Gambling 2. Alcolol 3. Interest. 4. Same sex marraige. 5. Lies everything is so common today these are not even looked as evils of society. Finally believing that THERE IS NO GOD SAVE ALLAH AND PROPHET MOHAMMED (PBUH) IS HIS FINAL MESSENGER.

by: ali baba from: new york
May 06, 2014 12:47 PM
Banning some political party such as Muslim brotherhood is necessary to restore stability. Egypt is in a critical period. I am quite sure that Muslim brotherhood want take advantage of the economic crisis and use their deception tactic to increase the discontent which lead to worsen the stability of the country which can cause the country dragged into civil war.

Muslim brotherhood has a very strong organization. it is extended in every village in Egypt . they are using face book and tweeter and other internet organization to spread rumors to increase the discontent of people which increase riots and destabilizing the country. Remember that civil war in Syria because Muslim brotherhood had the skill to flame situation .they do not care about the consequence of their action. their goal is destroy the whole world and establish another world with mentality of stone age and using sharia law to appointed each member of Muslim brotherhood as prosecutor and executor

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Hate Groups Spread Influence Via Interneti
X
Mike O'Sullivan
June 30, 2015 8:20 PM
Hate groups of various kinds are using the Internet for propaganda and recruitment, and a Jewish human rights organization that monitors these groups, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, says their influence is growing. The messages are different, but the calls to hatred or violence are similar. VOA's Mike O’Sullivan reports.
Video

Video Hate Groups Spread Influence Via Internet

Hate groups of various kinds are using the Internet for propaganda and recruitment, and a Jewish human rights organization that monitors these groups, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, says their influence is growing. The messages are different, but the calls to hatred or violence are similar. VOA's Mike O’Sullivan reports.
Video

Video US Silica Sand Mining Surge Worries Illinois Residents, Businesses

Increased domestic U.S. oil and gas production, thanks to advances known as “fracking,” has created a boom for other industries supporting that extraction. Demand for silica sand, used in fracking, could triple over the next five years. In the Midwest state of Illinois, people living near the mines are worried about how increased silica sand mining will affect their businesses and their health. VOA’s Kane Farabaugh has more in this first of a series of reports.
Video

Video Blind Somali Journalist Defies Odds in Mogadishu

Despite improving security in the last few years, Somalia remains one of the most dangerous countries to be a journalist – even more so for someone who cannot see. Abdulaziz Billow has the story of journalist Abdifatah Hassan Kalgacal, who has been reporting from the Somali capital for the last decade despite being blind.
Video

Video Texas Defies Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Texas state officials have criticized the US Supreme Court decision giving same-sex couples the right to marry nationwide. The attorney general of Texas says last week's decision did not overrule constitutional "rights of religious liberty," and therefore officials performing wedding services can refuse to perform them for same-sex couples if it is against their religious beliefs. Zlatica Hoke reports on the controversy.
Video

Video Syrians Flee IS Advance in Hasaka

The Syrian government said Monday it has taken back one of several districts in Hasaka overrun by Islamic State militants. But continued fighting elsewhere in the northern city has forced thousands of civilians from their homes. In this report narrated by Bill Rodgers, VOA Kurdish Service reporter Zana Omer describes the scene in Amouda, where some of the displaced are taking refuge.
Video

Video Rabbi Hits Road to Heal Jewish-Muslim Relations in France

France is on high alert after last week's terrorist attack near the city Lyon, just six months after deadly Paris shootings. The attack have added new tensions to relations between French Jews and Muslims. France’s Jewish and Muslim communities also share a common heritage, though, and as far as one French rabbi is concerned, they are destined to be friends. From the Paris suburb of La Courneuve, Lisa Bryant reports about Rabbi Michel Serfaty and his friendship bus.
Video

Video S. Korea Christians Protest Gay Rights Festival

The U.S. Supreme Court decision mandating marriage equality nationwide has energized gay rights supporters around the world. Gay rights remain a highly contentious issue in a key U.S. ally, South Korea, where police did a deft job Sunday of preventing potential clashes between Christian protesters and gay activists. Kurt Achin reports from Seoul.
Video

Video Saudi Leaks Expose ‘Checkbook Diplomacy’ In Battle With Iran

Saudi Arabia’s willingness to wield its oil money on the global diplomatic stage appears to have been laid bare, after the website WikiLeaks published tens of thousands of leaked cables from Riyadh’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports.
Video

Video Nubians in Kenya Face Land Challenges

East Africa's ethnic Nubians have a rich cultural history that dates back thousands of years, but in Kenya they are facing hardships, including the loss of lands they have lived on for generations. They say the government has reneged on its pledge to award them title deeds for the plots. VOA's Lenny Ruvaga reports.
Video

Video Military Experts Question New Russian Tank Capabilities

Russia has been showing off its new tank design – the Armata T-14. Designers claim it is 20 years ahead of current Western designs - and driving it feels like playing a computer game. But military analysts question those assertions, and warn the cost could be too heavy a burden for Russia’s struggling economy. Henry Ridgwell reports.
Video

Video In Kenya, Police Said to Shoot First, Ask Questions Later

An organization that documents torture and extrajudicial killings says Kenyan police were responsible for 1,252 shooting deaths in five cities, including Nairobi, between 2009 and 2014, representing 67 percent of all gun deaths in the areas reviewed. Gabe Joselow has more from Nairobi.
Video

Video In Syrian Crisis, Social Media Offer Small Comforts

Za’atari, a makeshift city in Jordan, may be the only Syrian refugee camp to tweet its activities, in an effort to keep donors motivated as the war in Syria intensifies and the humanitarian crisis deepens. Inside the camp, families say mobile phone applications help hold together families that are physically torn apart. VOA’s Heather Murdock reports.

VOA Blogs