Egypt police raid US-based pro-democracy groups

Thu Dec 29, 2011 3:15pm GMT

The NDI and IRI, loosely associated with the U.S. Democratic and Republican political parties, say they take a neutral political stance, fostering democracy in Egypt by training members of nascent parties in democratic processes.

"The National Democratic Institute has been training new parties ... in how to participate in elections," a leading member of a liberal party said on condition of anonymity. "This has been with the full knowledge of authorities and was not clandestine."

The NDI said on its website that it organises an exchange of ideas between countries that have managed a transition to democracy and others that aspire to it.

The IRI says it is working with Egyptian activists to strengthen their knowledge of political party development, campaign strategy and public opinion research.

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