The moments Bassem Youssef’s parents stood up to Mubarak
Looks like Bassem Youssef isn't the only one in the family with an itch to challenge Egyptian autocracy. (AFP/File)
Earlier this week we heard about the death of Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef's father, who passed away Saturday after a car accident.
Since then, the commedian and political commentator has been reflecting on the lesser known political dissent of his late parents — his mother died in 2013.
Youssef posted these comments about his parents on his Facebook this week, describing events in which they stood up to deposed Egyptian president, Hosni Mubarak.
"In 2000, my father was head of the Administrative Court of the State Council during the parliamentary elections. He issued 28 rulings invalidating the nomination of candidates affiliated to the government and the (ruling) National Democratic Party, including Sayyed Mashaal, former Military Production Minister,"
"The man couldn't believe how a judge could stand in his way as he tried to run for (parliament) and he tried to induce him kindly and then through threats... The presidency attempted to mediate for him but my father responded saying he issued judicial fatwas to strengthen governance and change the face of elections forever," Youssef added.
Meanwhile, Youssef says his mother was waging battles of her own. The TV host said his mother waged and won three lawsuits against the wife of former Egyptian prime minister, Atef Ebaid, over illegal decisions she made during her husband's time in office. Both of Youssef's parents were pushed into early retirement over the battles. Looks like political dissence runs in the family.