Usually when an Arab leader passes on and his son takes over, there is a period of fake instability when observers wonder whether the new guy will be able to sideline the old guard and establish firm control over the party/ruling apparatus. He always succeeds. In Egypt the process is taking place in slow motion, and it’s been going on for years…
From page 1 of al-Shourouk’s July 8, 2009 edition:
Plan to Limit the Age of NDP Parliamentary Candidates to 65
al-Shazli, Amal Osman and Abd al-Ahad the most prominent of those likely to be ruled out
Al-Shourouk has learned from sources close to the NDP’s Organization Secretariat that the party’s General Secretariat is discussing changing 50% of NDP representative in the People’s Assembly, stemming from the latest opinion surveys in a number of governorates, which confirmed the weak performance of the representatives in their districts.
A party source stated to al-Shourouk that the NDP’s General Secretariat is studying the placing of conditions on its candidates in People’s Assembly elections scheduled for 2010. The most important conditions are that candidates not be over 65 years old, and not have had a court decision issued against them or be under investigation in an ongoing case.
The source also said that party leaders are looking into ways to reward and punish representatives in light of the performance evaluation of deputies, both in their districts and in the People’s Assembly.
The source pointed out that the district evaluation currently focuses on the degree of commitment of the representative in the advancement of the organization or majority leader, in addition to observation of the parliamentarians’ absences. This last is the matter about which parliamentary leaders are annoyed and angry, as it comes despite numerous warnings to the representatives about the necessity of attending parliamentary sessions, particularly when votes on important laws are taking place.
Under the framework of rewarding and punishing representatives, the NDP Secretariat has sanctioned some representatives in past parliaments by depriving them of the support and material incentives that they use to develop their districts, in times when representatives need material support to respond to the demands of their districts.
In case the 65 year condition happens, the most prominent victims will be representatives Kamal al-Shazli, Dr. Amal Osman and Dr. Abd al-Ahad Gamal al-Deen, the current majority leader in the People’s Assembly.