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 http://www.alwasatparty.com/
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 http://www.al-ahaly.com/