Egypt’s Wafd party decides not to field presidential candidate

Egypt's Liberal Wafd party chairman El-Sayed el-Badawi walks to attend the meeting of the party's supreme committe about the upcoming 2018 presidential elections in Cairo, Egypt January 27, 2018. (Reuters)

One of Egypt's oldest political parties decided not to field a candidate to challenge President Abdel-fattah el-Sisi in March elections, ending days of intense speculations.

The Wafd party has come under pressure from segments of the pro-government media to field a candidate to prevent a race in which el-Sisi, who is virtually certain to win, is the only candidate.

Some Wafd officials said the party had a "national duty" to do so to counter doubts about the credibility of the vote.

The name of party lead El-Sayed el-Badawi was floated as the likely candidate.

After two days of meetings, the party voted on Saturday against fielding a candidate.

A string of would-be candidates have over the past weeks been arrested, forced out or quit the race for the March vote.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:52 - GMT 06:52