The largest of Egypt's legal opposition parties and boasting a heritage as old as parliamentary democracy in the country, today's Wafd Party is hardly even a shadow of its old self. In the third instalment of Al-Ahram Weekly's survey of the forthcoming parliamentary elections' main contenders, Shaden Shehab finds signs of revival
Renewal for old glory's sake
Hopes are running high in the ranks of the Wafd. With a new chairman, a large number of candidates running in parliamentary elections, and imminent changes to the party structure, Wafdists believe they can revive some of the party's past glory
'As ready as we could be'
Noaman Gomaa, 66, is the newly-elected chairman of the Wafd Party. His own party membership does not date back to the days preceding the 1952 revolution, which disbanded political parties. But he was one of the founders when the Wafd staged a comeback in 1978. He became assistant secretary-general in 1986, rising to the position of senior deputy chairman in 1989 --read on--
Aristocratic antecedents are certainly not a condition for running on the Wafd Party ticket. They seem to help, however
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