Egypt's Wafd Party members (Photo: facebook.com/AlwafdPartyEg)
The Wafd Party – Egypt's longest-standing party – said on Saturday that it will run in Egypt's parliamentary elections as part of the National Unified List coalition led by the pro-government Mostaqbal Watan Party.
Wafd said in a statement that the decision was made in a democratic way and only after members of the party's Higher Council voted in favour of joining the National Unified List coalition.
The Wafd Party's statement said the National Unified List coalition will contest 284 seats reserved for party lists.
"The party should have 40 Wafdist candidates on the list," said the statement, adding that "the Wafd Party will also field candidates for another 284 seats allocated to individual seats."
The Wafd Party has recently been passing through hard times. The party's 24 individual candidates in the Senate election, held in August and September, failed to win a single seat.
The Wafd Party got only six seats in the Senate, largely thanks to joining the Mostaqbal Watan-led National List, which won the Senate's 100 party list seats unopposed.
A number of Wafd members also threatened dissent from the party's ranks in protest to fielding only 20 Wafdist candidates on the National Unified List in the parliamentary elections.
Wafd's deputy chairman Fouad Badrawi said the party is still negotiating the number of its candidates on the National Unified List.
“We want no less than 40," said Badrawi, adding that "the party will also field candidates for individual seats."
The Wafd Party is one of 15 political parties that decided to run in the parliamentary elections as part of the National Unified List coalition.
Reports said the list will include 120 Mostaqbal Watan (Future of Homeland) candidates, 60 People's Republican party candidates, 30 Wafd Party candidates, and 15 candidates affiliated with the Committee of Political Parties' Young People.
The list will include candidates from another 11 political parties.
Reports said the National Unified list will submit the nomination papers of its 284 party list candidates on Sunday.
Registration for Egypt's parliamentary elections opened on 17 September and will run until 26 September. Reports show that large number of hopefuls filed for nomination in the past two days.
Egypt's parliamentary elections will be held over two stages between 21 October and 8 December.
While 568 will have to be elected (284 of which via the individual candidacy system and 284 through the closed party lists), the president will be authorised to appoint 28 deputies (5 percent), thus bringing the number of MPs to a total 596.