By: Amin Saleh, Eman Ali, and Samar Salama

CAIRO: While Egypt’s constitution-amending committee debates the possibility of including the political isolation law in the new draft of the constitution, members of the country’s political force have expressed their refusal of the law.


The law, which was originally approved by parliament and the ruling military council in April 2012, denies political participation to anyone who was associated with the former Mubarak regime or the dissolved National Democratic Party (NDP.) However, it was later deemed unconstitutional by the Supreme Constitutional Court in June of the same year.


This time around, the Freedom and Rights Committee, a sub-committee of the 50-member constitution-amending committee, said it has not yet approached the issue, nor discussed whether or not the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) should be included in the law.


Mohamed Nabawy, leader of the Tamarod campaign, told Youm7 that the movement hopes for a constitution for all Egyptians with no exclusion of any political trend.


Additionally, Nabawy called for proper law enforcement and fair trials for former officials who have been charged with corruption.


Hossam al-Kholy, Secertary General of al-Wafd party, also objected to the potential of a political isolation law.


Instead, he told Youm7, there should be an article to ban the formation of political parties that are based on religious beliefs.


Mahmoud Afifi, an Egyptian activist, said that political isolation is useless as long as the transitional social justice is absent.


“We do not need analgesics, we need a revolutionary system based on transitional social justices,” Afifi said.


Abdel Ghaffar Shokr, the head of the Popular Socialist Alliance Party, called for implementing the political isolation law for five years only to those who committed crimes and participated in the corruption of the political life in Egypt.


He went on to say that the political isolation should include members of the NDP and MB who were sentenced and charged with a crime.


Former presidential candidate and prominent leader of al-Tagammu Party, Abu el-Ezz el-Hariri, said that the law has a “bad reputation.”


“We are against mass punishment. There were citizens holding membership cards of the NPD and have not participated in any political aspect. How can we exclude them?” added Hariri.


He added that the current laws are sufficient to isolate corrupted people and that there is no need to create additional laws.



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