A new Egyptian political party was officially launched in Cairo on Saturday, (4 February). It?
A new Egyptian political party was officially launched in Cairo on Saturday, (4 February). It is to be known as the New Wafd, or New Delegation. The three other political parties already in existence were created by President Sadat after the 1976 Parliamentary election. Then, last year, as one move towards strengthening democratic rule, the formation of new parties was approved-with the condition that, among their members, they had at least 20 from the National Assembly. This condition has now been fulfilled.
SYNOPSIS: The announcement making the party official was made in the Arab Socialist Union headquarters in Cairo.
Dr. Mustapha Khalil gave assembled newsmen details of the Wafd formation. He is the secretary general of the central committee of the Arab Socialist Union, a body set up to supervise Egypt's political parties.
Once officially baptised, the New Wafd immediately became the second largest party in Egypt. All its 24 members have been drawn from the three other parties in the National Assembly. The largest party in the 360-seat Assembly is the ruling Arab Socialist Party-with around 305 members. The new party is the first to be freely formed since the 1952 revolution. It is centre-right and is expected to follow President Sadat's political line.
Party leader Dr. Helmi Murad was interviewed.