Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Wasateyya one step closer to political life

I wrote before about some of the Wasateyya Islamic line of thought, and its integration in the new party that they are trying to get approval for, led by Abul Ela Mady, and how that would be one of the good ways to integrate the Islamists in the political life.

After the Parties Committee in the Shura Council (led by Safwat Sherif) rejected the party application last September, the party took its case to court. Yesterday, the high administritive court recommended the approval of the Party. Here's the news, with the following highlights:

  • The judge that issued the recommendation in the case is Christian.
  • The judge noted that the Party's program does add something new, and the default should not be rejection of new parties.
  • The judge noted that the new Tax law currently being implemented by the government was proposed by alWasat party in their program.
  • The judge praised the concept of working within an Islamic framework which is the framework that the Party is proposing to work within.


6 comments:

The MaEstro~ said...

very nice blog..My first time here..I lived in Cairo for 6 years and i had a great time..I did my early schooling from Pakistan International school in Zamalek( don;t know if it still exists) and i really love that place...

would like to link u up to my blog..

LouLou said...

Will say this very tentatively because am not really well-versed in Egyptian politics.

Just don't see the point/purpose/objective of an Islamic Party in a country with a Muslim majority.In Morroco, we are 30 million people, more than 98% Muslim. (I think Egypt is more or less similar). So when a party calls itself Islamic everyone asks the obvious question. If you are the Islamic People's Party what does that make the rest of us?The Kuffar Quraish Party?This is the main reason why the major Morrocan Islamic Party changed its name to Justice & Development Party. They still state their objective as making Morroco an Islamic state that follows the Shariah though. So again which Shariah?Who gave them a monopoly on Shariah?And how much more Islamic can we become than 98%?

Mohamed said...

Loulou, alWasat don't claim to have a monopoly on the Shari'ah. They're simply saying, we have a human interpretation of shari'ah, that could be right or wrong. If you don't agree with us, doesn't mean you're not Muslim. I wrote slightly more about them in my earlier post.

praktike said...

So this still means another few years of court fights?

Mohamed said...

Well, Praktike, the court ruling is in October, which could be a simple rejection of the Party --in contradiciton to the report by the high admin court last week! I guess, then they would go to court again, and then it could take a few years.

Zsuzsi said...

Just popped in to congrat on the awesome bolg and admire life's little coincidences in their infinite beauty. Re: MaEstro's posting: I also thing it's a very nice blog.. It is also my first time here.. I also lived in Cairo for 6 years and had a great time..I also did my early schooling at Pakistan International school in Zamalek (I hope it still exists) and I can positively announce that my Cairo years were the best time of my life and i really love that place...