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Egypt military to seize former ruling party's headquarters

world Updated: Apr 10, 2011 10:50 IST

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Egypt's Supreme Council of Armed Forces has decided to seize the former ruling National Democratic Party (NDP)'s headquarters in the country, Xinhua on Sunday quoted the state Nile TV as saying in a report.

Several prominent figures of former president Hosni Mubarak's government and NDP have gone under investigations, including businessman and former NDP organisation secretary Ahmed Ezz.

The NDP was established in 1978 to further the thoughts of the July 1952 revolution. Initially aimed at overthrowing King Farouk I of Egypt, this revolutionary movement had more political ambitions, as it was soon used to abolish the constitutional monarchy and establish a republic.

Since its foundation, the NDP has always dominated Egypt's representative institutions.

Mubarak has been heading the party since 1981.

On Jan 25, nationwide demonstrations against the government and NDP erupted in Egypt, and its headquarters in Cairo was set on fire.