Egypt court rules municipal councils be dissolved
A Cairo court on Tuesday ordered the dissolution of all Egyptian municipal councils elected during the rule of ousted president Hosny Mubarak, DPA reported.
For months, pro-democracy protesters have been calling for disbanding the country's 1,750 local councils, saying they are corrupt and controlled by members of the dissolved National Democratic Party (NDP).
A lawsuit argued that "the councils only serve the interests of the dissolved party and disregard the citizens demands."
In 2008, candidates of Mubarak's NDP won almost 98 per cent of seats up for grabs in municipal elections.
NDP members also secured a majority of seats in the 2010 parliamentary elections, which were widely seen as rigged.
Post-Mubarak Egypt has seen continued rallies demanding that the country's military rulers place former officials on trial and promote economic and political reform.