New Wafd Party headed by Bahaa Abu Shokaannouncesdropping the membership of Al-Sayed Al-Badawi – Photo compiled by Egypt Today/Mohamed Zain.
CAIRO – 4 August 2019: New Wafd Party headed by Bahaa Abu Shoka announced dropping the membership of Al-Sayed Al-Badawi, who served as the president of the nationalist liberal party from 2010 to 2018, over losing the "good reputation" membership condition.
Sources said the party decided to remove Badawi's name from all its records, as he failed to settle his disputes with a number of companies within a certain time limit, after he had been handed final imprisonment sentences, according to a memorandum submitted by Fouad al-Badrawi, the party's general secretary.
"The decision deprives Al-Sayed Al-Badawi from running again to head the Wafd Party, as dropping his membership was based on the loss of one of the conditions of membership, which is good reputation and conduct, which was denied [due to] the issuance of criminal provisions against him."
In May 2018, Badawi announced his resignation from the party's consultative council, without disclosing the reasons behind his decision. He affirmed later that his resignation from the council does not include leaving the party.
In December, he announced freezing his activity inside the party, only a week after Abu Shoka, who took office in April 2018 as the new leader of the party ordered referring Badawy to investigation over disseminating rumors against the party.
Badawy joined the party in 1983 and froze his activity in late 2019.
He became secretary general of the party in 2000. He was elected as the party’s leader in 2010 and was re-elected in 2014.
In May 2015, the party was hit by strife, sparking a feud between factions. By the end of the month, new elections were held; Badawi remained and his supporters won most of the new spots on the council.
The party includes high-profile members, such as FouadBadrawi, grandson of the man who reconstituted Wafd in the 1970s; Mounir Fakhry Abdel Nour, former minister of industry, trade, and investment; as well as Ahmed Al-Arab, Safir Nour, Ahmed Auda and Noaman Gomaa, all of whom have served in the party leadership.
The New Wafd is believed to be Egypt’s oldest national liberal party and always played a significant role in the Egyptian political scene. It is linked to the original Wafd Party which was dismantled after the 1952 Revolution. The New Wafd Party was established in 1978.
Wafd has a powerful and coherent internal structure. The party is run by a supreme council that includes 50 members, all elected by the general assembly, and is said to be the highest decision-making body in the party.
Since its re-launch, Wafd has emerged as an influential player in the political arena. The party has the largest network of branches and representatives, covering major cities in all Egyptian governorates.
Wafd has a large membership base, consisting of various social segments – notably a number of political and cultural figures making the party stand out as one of the few established parties that truly represent the Egyptian street. The party also enjoys a very strong presence in the media, thanks to its famous daily newspaper and website.