Wafd Party mulls return to Muslim Brotherhood coalition

The liberal Wafd Party and the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) have agreed that the principles of the Democratic Alliance document should constitute the basis for coordination between the two parties inside the new parliament.

The document was signed by 43 parties in September 2011, including the Salafi Nour Party. The Wafd withdrew from the Democratic Alliance before the parliamentary elections.

The Wafd and the FJP have agreed that the document will govern their work together, particularly with regards to formulating the constitution and allowing non-Muslims to be governed by their own creeds in religious and personal affairs.

MENA, the state news agency, cited Wafd Party sources as saying that party president Al-Sayed al-Badawy told the FJP's Mohamed Morsy on Thursday that any violation of the document's framework will prompt the Wafd parliamentary bloc's opposition.

The same sources added that Badawy and Morsy agreed on the necessity of a national consensus on the criteria for choosing the constituent assembly that will draft Egypt’s new constitution, in order to prevent one political group from monopolizing the constitution writing process.

Badawy and Morsy’s meeting on Thursday resulted in renewed political coordination between the FJP and the Wafd Party after Badawy ruled out any possibility of a parliamentary alliance with the Nour Party, the sources added.

Asked about the possibility of a parliamentary alliance between the FJP and the Wafd, the sources said that the Wafd Party’s leaders will examine this issue in a meeting this week. Any decision will have to be approved by the Wafd Party’s institutions,  Badawy told Morsy.

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