Essam Sharaf and the NDP

by , under Blog

Essam Sharaf, our current “revolutionary” prime minister, In an interview with Al-Masry Al-Youm, August 2010:

Q- What is your political affiliation?
A- I’m a member of the Higher Policies Secretariat of the National Democratic Party.

Was Sharaf’s senior position in the NDP ever brought up after January 2011 or when everyone cheered for him as “Tahrir’s Prime Minister”? Personally it’s the first time for me to even know of this information today. I never knew he was that high up in the party. And it only adds to my conviction, that this revolution is hardly finished, and those in the transitional government together with Mubarak’s generals in the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces want nothing except seeing it crushed.

  1. AshZeitoun

    I don’t see problem with not liking Sharaf although I find him a fine man. Definitely not e should get after a revolution for many reasons especially because of the law banning strikes. But you hav eto admit that it is very immature to bring this subject now. The fact that he was a high ranked NDP was known from the very beginning and using it now would be very cheap from the ‘opposition’.

    Especially that I know that someone like you would know.

    • 3arabawy

      Actually neither I nor many others, it seems, have known he was that high up in the NDP. And the only “cheap” thing is to remain silent over this, especially with his dismal performance.

  2. Ashzeitoun

    If you didn’t know that I take back the ‘cheap’ part. But I am really surprised you didn’t know this. I personally discussed this is with your fellow tweeps and I thought that at least one of them will post it e.g. Salmasaid, kutaelkashef, monasosh…etc and they are all really good friends of mine. So I am surprised everyone around knew and you, and I believe you are more knowledgeable than lots of people, still didn’t know.

    Anyway all of this is trivial what is really important is how to evaluate the guy and I would have argued for so long that he is a ‘fine’ PM if he wasn’t chosen after a revolution.

    But still i don’t think using the NDP thing will help. Criticising his actions and decisions will be a more mature/effective way to make things better. Otherwise we will leave the impression people who are never satisfied. And I mean by ‘we’ the secular, educated, middle class activists

  3. 3arabawy

    Actually not “everyone around me knew” and I might not be as knowledgeable as u think after all.
    In all cases, this is not a trivial matter. Senior officials of the NDP have no place in the political scene after the revolution. And that goes for Essam, whose performance has proved counterrevolutionary.

  4. Ashzeitoun

    When I said trivial I was talking about the matter if you already knew or not. Again, I don’t think that him being x-NDP is the reason you want him out of office and that’s what I meant when I said you should criticize his actions and decisions (not that there will be any harm done if you mentioned the NDP part of course). You mentioned your reason in your last comment, simply because you see his actions as counter-revolutionary. Then all you need to do is explain why you believe that (not to me) and present alternative solution that explain what he should have done.

    P.S. Samir Radwan (minister of finance) was also a member of the Higher Policies Secretariat of the National Democratic Party

  5. 3arabawy

    This is a posting solely devoted to this info about NDP. I already criticized his policies in previous postings and on Twitter. I don’t have to repeat the criticism like a manifesto in each posting.

    P.s.: Yes, I know about Samir.

  6. Ashzeitoun

    Agreed…still I think it would be useful if you campaigning against him to have all the information in one place.

    I enjoyed the conversation, thank you.