"Approval ratings are difficult to determine in Egypt because there are no real elections or reliable statistics," Essam Al-Arian, a leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood, the country's largest opposition movement, told IPS. "But most commentators admit that the party's popular standing is now in free fall.""The obvious coupling of wealth and authority hurt the party's image as the guardian of public welfare," said [Rabie]. "Egyptians saw rich businessmen within the NDP receiving unfair advantages from their close associations with the party, including market monopolies and tax exemptions for their projects.""Empty promises like these are repeated ad nauseum without ever being implemented," said the Muslim Brotherhood's Al-Arian. "New party slogans - 'A new style of thinking,' for instance - amount to little more than a public relations effort to convince the public of the party's legitimacy."
Egypt's Ruling Party in Free Fall
CAIRO (IPS) - A high-ranking member of Egypt's ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) is facing trial on charges of arranging the murder of a Lebanese pop singer. The case, along with a host of other public grievances, has badly tarnished the NDPs reputation ahead of an upcoming party conference."On the eve of its annual party congress, popular perc...