Egypt: Mubarak's Former Ruling Party Dissolved By Court

An Egyptian court has ordered that the former ruling party of ousted President Hosni Mubarak should be dissolved.

An Egyptian court has ordered that the former ruling party of ousted President Hosni Mubarak should be dissolved.

A man walks past electoral banners for Egypt's ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) showing Egypt's President and head of the ruling NDP Hosni Mubarak

All assets of the National Democratic Party will be seized and handed to the government, the supreme administrative court ruled.

Mr Mubarak is under detention in hospital awaiting questioning on corruption allegations.

His two sons and a growing number of ministers from his ruling era are also facing investigation.

Mr Mubarak stood down in February after a popular uprising against his 30-year rule.

The dissolution of his party has been a key demand of the protesters who drove him from power. Its offices were among the buildings targeted during the uprising.

The NDP had dominated the country's politics since it was set up by Mr Mubarak's predecessor, Anwar Sadat, in 1978.

Details of the court ruling were not immediately available.

Egyptians shout anti-Mubarak slogans as they demonstrate in front of the hospital where former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak

Mr Mubarak is said to be in an "unstable condition" in hospital with heart problems. He has been ordered to be detained for 15 days.

He and his sons have been banned from leaving the country and their assets frozen.

In a pre-recorded audio message released on Sunday, Mr Mubarak said he would work to clear the names of himself and his sons.

BBC