CAIRO: Founder of the National Bloc and former Minister of Social Solidarity Ahmed el-Borie told Al-Masry Al-Youm Thursday that the Democratic Civilian Alliance decided to merge with the Egyptian Wafd Coalition.
Borie added that both alliances formed two committees to study the mechanisms of merging and to continue the procedures during the next week.
The Democratic Civilian Alliance includes several parties such as: al-Dostour Party, al-Karama Party, Socialist Popular Alliance Party, Egyptian Socialist Party, Adl Party, Popular Current Party and Egypt Freedom Party, according to MENA.
The Egyptian Wafd Coalition includes several parties such as: al-Wafd Party, Egyptian Social Democratic Party, Reform and Development Party, The Conservative Party and the National Bloc, according to al-Wafd.
Borie added to Al-Masry al-Youm that the heads of the Democratic Civilian Alliance Parties are to meet with the heads of the Egyptian Wafd Coalition on Tuesday to study the merging mechanisms.
Borie clarified that he led merging discussions as the representative of the Democratic Civilian Alliance with al-Wafd Party head al-Sayed al-Badawy and Wafd’s Secretary General Bahaa Abu Shaqa.
Borie added that the merging document is to be written on Tuesday’s meeting and that the Democratic Civilian Alliance is waiting for the return of Free Egyptians Party’s board of secretaries’ member Naguib Sawiris from abroad to agree on the party joining the new alliance.
Democratic Civilian Alliance demanded reviewing the House of Representatives and political rights laws Tuesday.
Free Egyptians Party spokesperson Shehab Wageh told Youm7 Thursday that the party understands that many coalitions want them to join them for parliamentary elections, but the party does not feel such coalitions would be in the interest of citizens who have the right to choose from different platforms without certain individuals getting imposed on them as leaders.
“In spite of this, if the party sees at any phase that the national interest lies in bigger coalitions, it will reconsider its stance” Wageh added to Youm7.
Additional reporting by Eman Ali.