Reform and Development (Al Eslah we Tanmeyya) -Masrena (Our Egypt) Party

This political party was established in June 2011 after the merger of the Reformation and Development Party with the Masrena Party. Its current president is businessman Ramy Lakah.

The party’s website is: http://www.rdpegypt.org

 

General political and economic orientation

The party calls for a republican-parliamentary rule, where the Prime Minister is assigned his post by the President of the Republic. The PM then proposes several candidates to ministerial positions for the President to approve or reject, given that authority is practiced with responsibility in front of the people, and the President is the judge among the authorities.

On the economic level, the party calls for creating a system based on economic freedom of market mechanisms and the free movement of factors of production as a basis for organising the national economy. Meanwhile the state is responsible for the development of social and economic policies that protect citizens from poverty and guarantee a fair distribution of national income.

 

Quotes from the party manifesto

“Decentralisation is one of the most important tools of any advanced political system as it involves expansion of regional units and local communities. It also allows elected local councils to have the highest authority over their local domain. According to this system, all governors, and city and town chiefs should be appointed by direct and free elections.”

“All laws regulating the capitalist market system need to be re-examined, i.e. social insurance laws and public control laws that include civil society organisations’ as well as all trade union laws.”

“All state authorities must employ methods of liberalising the market to reach a balanced form of capitalism.”

"Introducing unemployment benefits and maintaining support for projects that protect and promote the local private sector, especially in labour-intensive areas."

“Abolishing the Ministry of Information, as in a real democratic regime the government ensures that every person’s opinion is expressed. Thus, the state cannot own or run newspapers.”

“Establishing a Higher Council for developing education has become a pressing need as Egypt, once considered a pioneer of the world knowledge, has now become a country with one of the highest illiteracy rates and the lowest participation in global development and research of interest to humankind.”

“Encouraging farmers to expand in planting wheat by having the government provide suitable supply prices to farmers based on international prices, while raising the supply price of beet so as to maintain a balance with wheat prices. There must be a balance of prices between rice and corn via agricultural rotations of wheat and corn crops to get the highest production.”

“The concept of the sovereignty of the law should be the cornerstone of the Constitution as all citizens are equal before the law, without discrimination based on race, religion or region, since over the centuries Egypt has been a beacon of freedom, democracy and equality.”

“Conforming to all international human rights pacts and conventions, asserting that there shall be no discrimination among citizens based on religion, gender or any other criterion, and explicitly protecting these rights and freedoms in the Constitution, while banning and criminalising the detention and restriction of people's freedom without issuance of court rulings.”

“Increasing transparency and accountability of executive authority members, giving the Parliament the opportunity to penalise a Prime Minister and to remove him from office if needed.”

 

About the party

The party was established with the merger of two parties: namely the Reformation and Development Party and Masrena Party. The former announced its establishment on January 6, 2009 with Anwar Esmat Al-Sadat as its undersecretary. The Administrative Court's Political Party Circuit also gave the approval for its establishment in May 2011.

Masrena Party's establishment was announced by businessman Ramy Lakah, who took up party leadership for a transitional phase of two years.