Egypt bars Islamist hard-line political party – except for all the other ones

“Egypt’s state news agency said the Political Parties’ Affairs Committee rejected the request by al-Gamaa al-Islamiyya because its proposed party is based on “religious grounds in violation of the law”.

It was also rejected because it advocates a strict interpretation and implementation of Islamic law, known in Arabic as “hudoud,” under which thieves can be punished by cutting off their hands and murderers can face beheading.”

The Salafists and the Muslim Brotherhood get a pass becuase they didn’t explicitly state their parties would impose sharia law in their applications.

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