|Egyptian Wafd Party|
|Thursday, 19 March 2009|
Egyptian Wafd Party
In post-World War I Egypt, the term Wafd “Delegation Party” referred to a "delegation", and more specifically the one that had the direct goal of achieving the complete and total independence of Egypt.
This delegation hoped to gain representation at the 1919 Paris Peace Conference. This was strictly denied by the British High Commissioner.
The party rapidly became the dominant political organization in the country, and was the governing party (albeit in a subordinate role to the executive power of the king) through most of the liberal period which came to an end with the rise of Gamal Abdel Nasser .
Egypt’s New Wafd Party
The New Wafd Party "New Delegation Party" is a nationalist liberal party in Egypt. It is considered to be one of the main opposition parties, and so its involvement in Egyptian politics is considered crucial in the success as well as legitimization of any political decision.
In the last legislative elections in November and December 2005, the party won 6 out of 454 seats in the Egyptian People's Assembly.