In the Egyptian capital, Cairo on Sunday (11 June), the leftist Unionist Progressive Party called on President Anwar Sadat to freeze a law aimed at curbing political opposition.
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MV INTERIOR ZOOM INTO CU Unionist Progressive Party president Khaled Mohieddin seated at table as Koran is recited and audience listens (3 shots)
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Background: In the Egyptian capital, Cairo on Sunday (11 June), the leftist Unionist Progressive Party called on President Anwar Sadat to freeze a law aimed at curbing political opposition. The new law, approved by a referendum last month, followed criticism of the President's government.
SYNOPSIS: At the meeting, the Unionist Progressive Party -- the UPP -- postponed a decision to disband in protest against the government's action. Party leader Khaled Mohieddin said that although dissolution does remain a possibility, he still wants time to have talks with other parties on the controversial law.
The meeting followed the Egyptian Peoples' Assembly's approval of President Sadat's move to curb opponents and to discipline the press. The measures were endorsed by a landside 98 per cent in last month's referendum. The main opposition party, the conservative New Wafd, decided to disband earlier this month, objecting to the laws which affected a number of its leaders. The leftist UPP includes a number of Marxists, who, under the new measures, would have to be purged.
Mr. Mohieddin called on all political parties, including the ruling Arab Socialist Party, to meet for talks on the issue. The UPP says the laws virtually cancel all opposition political activities and claims the government resorted to measures after its failure to deal with Egypt's political, economic and social problems. The party has also accused the President of making too many concessions in his attempts to come to terms with Israel.