The Arabist

The Arabist

By Issandr El Amrani and friends.

Another Group against Mubarak's rule?

The AP published a story, which is being carried in loads of the major international dailies today that a new group called the National Coalition for Democratic Transformation is coalescing in opposition to Mubarak's rule.

It includes former PM Aziz Sedki, judges such as Yehya al-Rifai (who is also been vocal in the ongoing judges-state political wrangling), and Mustapha Bakri - the editor-in-chief of the weekly state-security connected al-Osbua.

Bakri, who usually described as connected to former Minister of Information Safwat al-Sharif, will act as the group's spokesperson and notes that they will work with other opposition groups (I am assuming Kifaya rather than the MB) and will draft a new constitution.

A conference is scheduled for next month.
I am not sure what all this means but there seems to be a lot going on in opposition circles.

Al-Ghad is rumored to be suffering internal divisions, further seen in the resignation of Mona Makram-Ebeid.

Some Kifaya members are quietly voicing concern over George Ishaq and Abd al-Halim Qandil's unwillingness to work with the MB.

The judges made their demands and there has been little follow-up on that story.

And Now...we have the National Coalition for Democratic Transformation.

The interesting question is....

Do new groups and demands translate into more pressure on the government or is this a sign of increasing opposition fragmentation?

Stay tuned....