A new Egyptian political party was officially launched in Cairo on Saturday, (4 February). It?
GV PAN FROM Street scene to Socialist Union headquarters in Cairo
SV INT Dr. Mustapha Khalil speaking to newsmen in Arabic
GV INT Newsmen
SV Dr. Khalil making statement
SCU Party leader Dr. Helmi Murad speaking in English
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 6: MURAD: "This party was created within the framework of democratic socialism and national unity, according to the political parties' law. The classification of our party will be left to the people to judge in the light of practice."
INTERVIEWER: "Dr. Murad, who do you plan to nominate for the chairmanship of your new party?"
MURAD: "The party leaders will be elected according to the status of the party, and I think that Mr. (INDISTINCT) is expected to be the chairman of our party."
The new party name, the Wafd, was previously the name of another party, which fought the British presence in Egypt for 25 years. But Dr. Khalil says it is not a resurrection of that party. Under Egyptian law, revival of former parties is forbidden.
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Background: 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.