A new law which prohibits the establishment of parties based on religious or geographical grounds has caused conflicting reactions among various political forces in Egypt. On Wednesday, the Egyptian government approved a proposed amendment to Law 40 of 1977, which regulates the foundation of political parties which would allow parties to be established by notification, while preventing the establishment of parties based on religion.
Expert of Islamic movements Diaa Rashwan said the law is a positive step that will shield Egypt from sectarian divisions. He went on to say that the danger of establishing parties based on religious grounds did not apply to the Brotherhood, as they are a political group, not a political party, and have the right to become incorporated within the political fabric of the state. Examples of religion-based political parties include a Christian, Salafi or Bahaii Party.
Meanwhile, Hamed al-Dafrawy, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood's internal opposition, who is preparing to establish a new party, said that the new party will not be based on religious grounds. He rejects the interference of religion with politics. â€œNo one front should try to force a certain religious view on people by introducing it into politics affairs,â€ he said.