Building and Development Party

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Building and Development Party
Chairman Tarek al-Zumar[1]
Founded 20 June 2011
Ideology Islamism
National affiliation National Legitimacy Support Coalition[2]
Politics of Egypt
Political parties

The Building and Development Party (Arabic: حزب البناء والتنمية, Hizb El-Benaa Wa El-Tanmia‎, alternatively translated as Construction and Development Party) is an Islamist political party in Egypt. It was initiated by the al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya ("Islamic Group") and is seen as the political wing of the movement.[3][4] The party was established on 20 June 2011,[5] following the 2011 Egyptian revolution, and officially endorsed by the Supreme Administrative Court on 10 October 2011.[6] The Building and Development Party has participated in the Egyptian parliamentary election, 2011–2012 as part of the Alliance for Egypt (dubbed as the "Islamist Bloc"), led by the Salafist Al-Nour Party.[7]

According to its manifesto, the party stands for a representative democracy with institutions guided by the principles of the Sharia, while rejecting any form of theocracy. Moreover, it favours a free economy and questions the size of the public sector.[8] Among the party's ranks is Abbud al-Zumar, who was imprisoned for nearly twenty years for involvement in the assassination of the Egyptian president Anwar Sadat.[9]

The group has accepted the resignation of Assem Abdel Magued following his incitement against the Egyptian military; the organization has expressed its commitment to peace following the coup that toppled Mohamed Morsi.[10]


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  2. ^ Islamist forces join together for Rabaa Al-Adaweya protest, Daily News Egypt, 28 June 2013, retrieved 13 December 2013 
  3. ^ Sanger-Weaver, Jodi (8 November 2011), "Elections in Egypt: The Muslim Brotherhood, Theocracy and Democracy", Prospect, retrieved 13 December 2013 
  4. ^ "Al-Banna’ wa al-Tanmiyya (Building and Development Party)", Guide to Egypt's Transition (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace), retrieved 13 December 2013 
  5. ^ "The Construction and Development Party (Al Jamaah Al Islamiya)", Egyptian Elections 201 (The Danish Egyptian Dialogue Institute), retrieved 13 December 20132 
  6. ^ el-Karanshawi, Shaimaa (10 October 2011), "Egyptian court approves new political parties", Al Masry al Youm, retrieved 13 December 2013 
  7. ^ "Islamist Bloc (Alliance for Egypt)", Egypt Elections Watch (Jadaliyya and Ahram Online), 18 November 2011, retrieved 13 December 2013 
  8. ^ "The Building and Development Party (Al-Benaa Wal Tanmeya)", Egypt Electionnaire, retrieved 13 December 2013 
  9. ^ "Al-Jamaa Al-Islamiya’s party hold first press conference in Aswan, Upper Egypt", Ahram Online, 21 October 2011, retrieved 13 December 2013 
  10. ^ Jama’a al-Islamiya rejects Assem Abdel Magued, Egypt Independent, 5 December 2013, retrieved 13 December 2013