CAIRO: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi met with Wafd Party leaders in order to resolve the ongoing conflict between Chairman Al Sayyed Al-Badawi and some board members, Youm 7 reported Wednesday.
“The president … is keen on keeping it as a strong political body, and he ended the ongoing conflict between the members,” the presidency said in a statement.
“The presidency believes that the political arena does not have the privilege of conflicts before the parliamentary elections,” the statement added.
The parliamentary elections were scheduled to be held in two phases starting March 22, but the constitutional court ruled some articles of the elections law unconstitutional a few weeks before the elections, which are now expected to take place by the end of this summer.
Two weeks ago, the “Wafd Party Reform Current,” led by veteran party leaders held a news conference calling on a vote of no-confidence for Badawi, claiming that Badawi’s recent call for a general-assembly vote over amendments to the party’s bylaws would prevent them from running for the party’s board elections expected to take place Friday.
Earlier this week, two Wafd party members filed a complaint before the public prosecution against Badawi accusing him of squandering the party’s funds.
Meanwhile, a member within the current called Wednesday on the liberal party’s members to demonstrate Friday against Badawi.
“There is a great difference between real Wafd members and other who are pro-Badawi; real Wafd members are keen on freeing the party from its chairman’s policies, but other pro- Badawi members are keen on their personal interest,” current member Emam Hanfy said in a Facebook post.
The party faced a similar confrontation in 2008 when its then-chairman Noaman Gomaa closed the party’s daily paper after some members used its premises to hold a sit-in pressuring him to step down.
The Wafd Party is Egypt’s oldest liberal party. Established in 1919, it was the leading party before the 1952 Revolution, which abolished the Egyptian monarchy.