One party civilian list to be considered during Wafd meeting
Wafd Party head El-Sayyed el-Badawy - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO:  Forming a one party civilian list for the upcoming parliamentary elections might be attempted in a Saturday meeting in Wafd party headquarters, Youm7 reported Wednesday.

A civilian party source told Youm7 that different parties are considering following President Sisi’s suggestion to form a “national party list” in the upcoming parliamentary ballot.

President Sisi met with heads of political parties on Monday and Tuesday to discuss political life in Egypt, according to presidential statement Tuesday.

The source added that after discussing the suggestion with the president the parties began to form the party list, as they agreed starting procedures and discussing further details during the meeting next Saturday.

Secretary General of the Wafd Party Bahaa Abu Shoka said during a phone call Wednesday night to the Al-Hayah television channel that the party is currently taking several steps to meet the president’s suggestion, adding that the aim of the parties meeting next Saturday is to “achieve national unity.”

On Jan. 6 The Popular Current, headed by former presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi announced he would not take part in the upcoming parliamentary elections, due to his objections against the electoral constituencies’ laws.

The 2015 parliamentary polls in Egypt, scheduled from March 21 to May 7, are the final step of the three-stage political roadmap outlined by the military following the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.

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