Egypt’s largest opposition powers, the secularist Wafd Party and the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood, have announced they will coordinate with each other during the upcoming legislative elections.
Spokesperson for the Brotherhood, Helmy al-Gazzar, said his group and the Wafd Party had agreed on the necessity of collaboration. He told Al-Masry Al-Youm that coordination will be on a constituency level, adding that the Wafd Party will have a good chance to compete for vacant seats in districts where the Brotherhood is vying for a single seat.
On the other hand, the Wafd Party’s political advisor, Bahaa Abu Shaqqa, noted that coordination between his party and the Muslim Brotherhood will not be on a higher level, adding that the party’s central committee has allowed Wafd candidates to collaborate with all political powers, not just the Brotherhood.
Abu Shaqqa added that the party will cede its quest for some constituencies where it is believed that candidates from the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) are unbeatable.
Translated from the Arabic Edition.