CAIRO: Head of Al-Wafd Party Sayed El-Badawi announced Friday he would run in the party’s presidential elections in May.
During an interview on Al-Kahera Wal Nas channel, Badawi said the Wafd Party has “qualified figures” who are able to run in the next parliamentary elections. He added that there will be a very strong presence of Wafd representatives in the Egyptian streets.
“If the parliamentary elections were according the individual list system, 75 percent of the upcoming parliamentary members would be elected independently,” Badawi said.
Badawi called on the Wafd Party’s supreme body to delay the party’s presidential elections for a year, and have party deputy head Bahaa al-Din Abu Shaka lead, but the supreme body rejected, he said.
“I was able to make Wafd among the highest-ranked parties in Egypt,” Badawi said.
Wafd Party supreme body member Essam Sheha will run for party president in the elections scheduled for May 15, an informed source told Youm7 on March 26.
“Some supreme body members advised me not to run for party president due to the strong competition between Badawi and the party secretary general Fouad Badrawi,” Sheha said, according to the source.