Egypt to lift restrictions on political parties

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Posted: Mar 21, 2011 10:07 AM

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt will lift restrictions on forming political parties that choked political life during the rule of President Hosni Mubarak after a March 19 referendum on constitutional amendments, an army source said Saturday.

"Egypt's parties law will be amended after the referendum takes place to allow parties to form simply based on notification," the army source told Reuters.

Under Mubarak, parties needed the approval of a committee chaired by the head of the upper house of parliament, who was also a leading figure in Mubarak's ruling National Democratic Party.

(Writing and reporting by Marwa Awad)