Wafd Party chairman Bahaa Abu Shoka said he is stepping down as a result of intensified divisions within the ranks of the party a few weeks prior to the House of Representatives elections, slated for 21 October.
Abu Shoka added his resignation is meant to maintain the unity of the Wafd that saw squabbles over contesting the elections as part of a coalition, among other reasons.
Abu Shoka requested the Wafd's Secretary-General Fouad Badrawy to follow the by-laws to elect a new party chairman, and called on the party's general assembly to convene on Wednesday, reported the Arabic Al-Ahram website.
Last week, Abu Shoka announced that the party will join the National Unified Coalition in the parliamentary elections which will contest 284 seats reserved for party lists as part of the Mostaqbal Watan Party-led National Unified List Coalition.
Meanwhile, deputy chairman of the party Mohamed Abdou said the majority of the Wafd's Higher Council members reject the chairman's decision to run as part of the coalition.
Abdou explained the majority of Wafd members want to contest the elections with at least 40 candidates on the National Unified List. The list, however, will allow a small number of Wafd members to join.
On Friday, Egypt's Mostaqbal Watan (Future of the Homeland) Party submitted its list of parliamentary candidates to the National Election Authority.
The Mostaqbal Watan-led list, which will compete in the poll under the slogan “For the sake of Egypt,” includes candidates from 12 political parties: Mostaqbal Watan, Wafd, Guardians of the Nation, Modern Egypt, the Egyptian Social Democratic Party, the People’s Republican Party, Reform and Development, the Tagammu Party, Generation’s Will, the Egyptian Freedom Party, and the Justice and Congress parties, as well as candidates from the Political Parties' Young People Coordination Committee.