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Vol 52 No 3

Published 4th February 2011


The major opposition

New Wafd Party: nationalist and liberal with free-market values; founded in 1983, reviving the aristocratic and traditional Wafd, abolished after Gamal Abdel Nasser's 1952 'revolution'. It is considered a major opposition party in President Hosni Mubarak's controlled parliamentary system, though it won only five seats in 2005 and boycotted the run-off polls in 2010. The party has been accused of secret deals with the regime. Many of its key businessmen have depended on government largesse to stay in business.

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