Political parties emerge from the shadows


Two of the oldest political parties in Egypt have started to organise in readiness for the forthcoming general election.

The al-Wasat or New Centre Party was founded in 1996 as a splinter group of the Muslim Brotherhood.  They are opposed to religious extremism.

They were successful in getting a constitutional court to recognise the party for the first time on 19th February 2011.

Their website, which is as yet a little disorganised, is

Another old party with new beginnings is the al-Tagammu or National Progressive Unionist party.  They were founded in 1977 and were recognised, winning 5 of the 518 seats in the 2010 legislative elections.  They too are reorganising themselves and had a recent press conference.

They describe themselves as a democratic socialist party and the website of their newspaper is

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