The Egyptian opposition eliminates itself
|Tuesday, October 19,2010 23:02|
|By Mohammad Salah|
The ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) in Egypt is busy with its internal elections to select its candidates to the People’s Assembly elections scheduled at the end of next month, while opposition forces are busy settling scores among themselves. The ruling party has not found that it has to begin confronting the candidates of other political parties and forces now, because these forces will replace it in eliminating each other even before the date of the elections.
It was also clear that the Tagammu Party, along with the Nasserist Party, would not boycott for the same reasons, and that dialogue over the principle of participation or boycott was a waste of time, as the stances of the four parties were explicit and held no surprises. Thus, when the Democratic Front Party announced that it was boycotting the elections, it seemed logical to think that the coalition had collapsed, and that its parties had failed to take a unified decision. Noteworthy is the fact that the four parties had blamed the Society of the Muslim Brotherhood for – and perhaps accused it of – taking an individual stance without coordinating with the opposition by announcing that the Brotherhood would take part in the elections, claiming that the Society had thereby struck a blow against the unity of the opposition, despite the fact that these same four parties had excluded the Muslim Brotherhood from their coalition. On the whole, those who follow the Egyptian political scene now realize the extent of the predicament within the political parties and forces of the Egyptian opposition, not just at the level of mutual accusations, but even at the internal level in every party or group.