CAIRO: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s last-minute intervention to resolve the Wafd party’s internal crisis was a “life jacket” for all of us, a senior member within the party said Wednesday.
“I think we should stick to our party’s past and work for its future and resolve the current issues among us,” said senior party member Abdel Aziz al-Nahas in press statements.
Sisi met Wednesday with Wafd Party leaders in order to resolve the ongoing conflict between Chairman Al Sayyed Al-Badawi and some board members.
“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 following the meeting.
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.
Following the meeting, Badawi announced in a press conference that had Sisi offered the conflicting members eight suggestions to resolve the conflict.
“But eventually we agreed upon Sisi’s suggestion to appoint some of them within the board in the light of the chairman’s right to appoint 10 members in the party’s board,” he added.
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.