Members of the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) as well as their counterparts in the Wafd Party have denied allegations that the Democratic Alliance has been called off.
In an earlier statement, Essam Shiha, a member of the Wafd Party’s executive committee, announced that his party had officially backed out of its deal with the Muslim Brotherhood affiliated FJP. Both parties are considered the principle players in the Democratic Alliance's elections coalition which now includes more than 40 political parties and groups.
“The Alliance’s parties and political movements have not only met to coordinate for the [parliamentary] elections, but have also agreed on a document of principles to serve the country,” read the Alliance’s collective statement.
“The alliance is still on, with an aim to contribute to the rise of a modern democratic Egypt.”
The statement also quoted El-Sayed El-Badawi, president of the Wafd Party, and his FJP counterpart, Mohamed Morsi, saying: “All involved parties agree on the importance of keeping the alliance during and after elections.”