Egypt to demolish headquarters of Mubarak’s old party
The concrete tower block that looms over the River Nile in Cairo, was gutted during the uprising against Mubarak’s rule in 2011
Egypt’s cabinet on Wednesday ordered the demolition of an abandoned, burnt-out building that had housed the headquarters of former President Hosni Mubarak’s political party, which was disbanded four years ago.
The National Democratic Party (NDP) building, a concrete tower block that looms over the River Nile in Cairo, was gutted during the uprising against Mubarak’s rule in 2011, and served as a potent symbol of the revolt.
Successive governments have discussed plans to knock down the building since the NDP was dissolved. Some activists who took part in protests have said the headquarters should be preserved as a monument to the uprising. The statement did not give any reason or timing for the demolition.
Since a major economic summit last month in the coastal resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, one side of the building has been covered in a large banner promoting investment in Egypt.
While Egyptian courts have been gradually absolving Mubarak-era figures, they have been handing down lengthy sentences to liberal and Islamist activists in cases ranging from political protests to acts of violence.
Earlier this month a court began a retrial of Mubarak, 86, in a case which accused him of diverting public funds. He was sentenced to three years in jail last May in the case but the conviction was overturned by Egypt’s high court in January.
In November, a court dropped charges against Mubarak of conspiring to kill demonstrators during the uprising, raising fears among rights activists that the old guard was making a comeback.
The NDP was dissolved by a court order in April 2011. It had dominated Egyptian politics since it was founded by Mubarak’s predecessor, Anwar Sadat, in 1978.
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