Parties struggle to form coalitions before parliamentary elections
Wafd Party head El-Sayyed el-Badawy - YOUM7 (Archive)
BY MOHAMED GAMAL ELMAGHRABI

CAIRO: Egyptian Coalition of Wafd Party is the only coalition which Wafd Party will participate in, Wafd Party head El-Sayyed El-Badawi said Saturday in statement, Youm7 reported.

Badawi said the Egyptian Coalition of Wafd consists of social democratic parties, including Reform and Development Party, Mohafzin Party, National Bloc, and Elwayy Party.

The coalition is not only an electoral coalition but a political coalition based on political documents to turn the constitution into a national action program to establish fair, modern, and a democratic state.

The coalition will not deny any political parties or national forces from participating and that is compatible with basic elements of this document.

Badawi confirmed that sessions called by former head of the 50-member committee Amr Moussa with the coalition members are only consultations but not part of the official coalition decisions.

Former Armed Forces Chief of Staff Samy Anan will establish a new party called the Arabism Egypt Party, he said in a Saturday statement, El-Bawaba news reported.

He said Arabism Egypt Party will achieve great success in political life and will enable Egyptians to achieve their dreams and their ambitions.

He praised Moussa’s prominent role, who he says has apolitical experience, and his effort to achieve reunification and supreme national interest in Egypt.

Karma Party Secretary General of Mohamed Bassiouni said in a Sunday statement that there are a lot of meetings between parties who will participate in electoral coalitions, Veto reported.

This coalition will include political forces that participated in the January 25 Revolution in 2011 and the June 30 Demonstrations but not religious forces or figures affiliated with former President Hosni Mubara’s era.

Bassiouni said his coalition will mainly include all parties which support former presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi, such as the Popular Current and the popular socialist coalition.

He said there are many meetings with socialist Democratic Egyptian Party, Free Egyptians Party, and Wafd Party to join to this coalition.

He said Karama Party wants to form a front with the intention to refuse parliamentary elections law calling to moderate it.

Bassiouni said there is a memorandum to be prepared for President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, requesting him to amend the parliamentary elections law.

UPDATE 3 July 2014 22:34 – The ‘Reform and Development Party’ was incorrectly identified as the ‘Building and Development Party’ in an earlier version of this article. 

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