Local councils closed down


An Egyptian court has dissolved all 1750 local councils nearly all of whose 50,000 local representatives were part of ex-president Mubarak’s National Democratic Party (NDP).

In the last local elections held in 2008 the NDP took 92% of all of the seats and the Tahrir Square protesters have been demanding that the councils should be closed down.

Fresh local elections are scheduled for 2012. The court ruling does have severe implications for the functioning of local services as well as the running of the upcoming national elections still scheduled for September this year.

Prime Minister Essam Sharaf is scheduled to hold a meeting with governors today to discuss the implications of the court ruling and has said that an announcement will be made in the next day or so.

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