Wafd Party Supreme Committee member, Essam Shiha, said his party had officially backed out of its deal with the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, but will continue to cooperate with the rest of the Democratic Alliance for Egypt parties.
Wafd chairman El-Sayed El-Badawy had earlier decided to pull the party out of the Democratic Alliance for Egypt. His decision was supposed to either be ratified or turned down by the party’s Supreme Committee following a meeting on Sunday.
However, Shiha told Ahram Online that Wafd had officially announced the end of their pact with the Muslim Brotherhood before the meeting.
“Wafd’s deal with the Brotherhood is over,” he said. “There will be no joint candidates list with the Brotherhood or the rest of the Alliance parties for the parliamentary elections.
“However, Wafd is considering cooperating with the Democratic Alliance for Egypt's parties, including the Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice, during the coming elections,” he added.
Wafd Party and the Brotherhood were two of the main pillars of the Democratic Alliance, which had 34 parties under its umbrella.
Over the past months, Wafd and the Brotherhood repeatedly mulled over pulling out of the alliance.