I swear to god the political scene in Egypt has descended into folly..
One of the new constitutional ammendments that Mubarak is pushing is one that prohibits the creation of any party with a religious foundation, in an effort to block the Muslim Brotherhood from ever becoming a party. One of the MB leaders in the Parliament, however, introduced a bombshell on the floor, when he stated his surprise for the support the NDP is giving to this ammendment, since their party is based on religious foundation.
The NDP MP's of course objected: "That is not true. That is not possible.What you are saying is Bullshit!"
And then the MB dude started to handout to the members pages of the NDP manifesto and program, which clearly states that the Party has an islamic foundation. The NDP MP's were reportedly shocked and speechless, since none of them had ever read their party's program before (and according to some statistics, about 30% of them can't read and write). Even the head of the Parliament, Fathy Sourour, who has been an NDP member since its inception, demanded a copy since he had never heard of this before. Amal Othamn, one of the Party's leaders, has commented, and I quote " We have a problem here".
The MB leader then proceeded to inform the NDP majority that in case they do support the constiutional ammendment regardless, they would have to change their party's program and manifesto and declare themselves totally secular, or else their party faces the risk of being unconsitiutional and would have to be disbanded according to the new laws. A way out of this, he said, would be to scrap the constitutional ammendment all together and let the MB have their party. The problem with that scenario is, they would be defying the president, who could disband the parliamnet and send them all packing the next day. So it's either vote for something that could disband the party, or not vote for it and get disbanded anyway. Fucked either way. Funny, no?
The moment the NDP figures itself an Out from that one, I will let you know. For now I will just enjoy watching them squirm! 🙂