According to reports from Cairo, the Egyptian capital, President Anwar Sadat's decision to end 24 years of one-party rule could lead to significant constitutional and political changes.
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Background: According to reports from Cairo, the Egyptian capital, President Anwar Sadat's decision to end 24 years of one-party rule could lead to significant constitutional and political changes.
SYNOPSIS: The Egyptian leader made his announcement to allow another three new political parties in the People's Assembly in Cairo on Thursday. The parties, made up of left, right and centre factions, would operate alongside the only party until now -- the Arab Socialist Union, the ASU. But the ASU would take over responsibility for youth and women's organisation, and would continue to participate in the ownership of the Egyptian press, said President Sadat.
The Egyptian leader told the Assembly he also thought the ASU should control the financial resources of the three new parties, and make sure their programmes did not undermine the nation's unity.
The multi-party system was abolished after the 1952 revolution against British rule. It was in March this year that the ASU decided to allow the formation of three new parties -- with the condition that all members of the new organisations would also become members of the ASU.
The three parties participated in general parliamentary elections earlier this month (November) under the umbrella of the ASU.