EGYPT, THE GOVERNMENT ORDERS THE DEMOLITION OF MUBARAK’S PARTY HEADQUARTERS The Engineering Department of the armed forces has been called to carry out the task

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The Egyptian Government has decided to demolish the headquarters of the party of former President Hosni Mubarak. A date for the operation is still to be finilised, however, according to local media, the Engineering Department of the armed forces, i sto carry out the task. The enormous building that housed the National Democratic Party (Pnd) is situated in the centre of the city of Cairo on the East Bank of the Nile, and was burned down in 2011 during the revolt which brought to the fall of the Rais.

The building was designed by architect Mahmoud Riad and was built during the tenure of President Gamal Abel Nasser as head of the Socialist Union. only later it became home to the Pnd founded by the former head of state, Anwar al-Sadat in1978 and dissolved in 2011 for order of the judiciary.

In fact, in March 2014 the Cairo government had already announced plans to demolish the building to expand the Egyptian Museum-located close by-but until now no final decision had been taken. From 1981 until 2011, a wing of the building was occupied by the General Secretariat of the Pnd, while another part was the seat of the supreme political Council.

Translation provided by Marina Stronati

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