Egyptian Communist Party

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Egyptian Communist Party

الحزب الشيوعي المصري
General SecretarySalah Adli[1]
Founded1921
HeadquartersCairo, Egypt
IdeologyCommunism
Marxism-Leninism
Political positionFar-left
International affiliationInternational Meeting of Communist and Workers' Parties
Colours     Dark red
House of Representatives
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Website
cp-egypt.com

The Egyptian Communist Party (Arabic: الحزب الشيوعي المصري‎) (ECP) is the title of a modern political party in Egypt. The same name was also used by an older Egyptian party founded in 1921.

History and profile[edit]

The modern Egyptian Communist Party was formed in 1921[2] by a number of members of the former Egyptian Communist Party. Under the regimes of Presidents Anwar Sadat and Hosni Mubarak the new Communist Party faced state repression and was barred from running in elections. The party however continued to operate underground until the overthrow of Mubarak in 2011.[3] Despite having ECP members allegedly killed and imprisoned under Mubarak, the party have since been involved in mobilizing workers in 2011.[4]

Egyptian Communist Party flags in Tahrir Square.

On 10 May 2011, the ECP agreed to enter into a "socialist front" with four other Egyptian leftist groups called the Coalition of Socialist Forces, which includes the Revolutionary Socialists, the Socialist Popular Alliance Party, Socialist Party of Egypt and the Workers Democratic Party.[5]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Egypt's Secular Forces: Emerging Secular Coalitions and Parties", Guide to Egypt's Transition, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 25 November 2012, retrieved 13 December 2013
  2. ^ "A Partial Guide to the Egyptian Political Parties". Connected in Cairo. 15 November 2011. Retrieved 2 October 2014.
  3. ^ "Communist Party of Egypt resumes open political activities". Links International Journal of Socialist Renewalaccessdate=28 April 2011.
  4. ^ "In solidarity with heroic struggle of the Egyptian people". Communist Party of Australia. 9 February 2011. Retrieved 13 December 2013.
  5. ^ "Five socialist parties unite to impact Egyptian politics". Ahram Online. 11 May 2011. Retrieved 13 December 2013.