The al-Wasat Party
: حزب الوسط
: Hizb al-Wasat
), translated in English as the Center Party
, is a moderate Islamist
political party in Egypt
The party withdrew from the Anti-Coup Alliance
on 28 August 2014.
A court case was brought forth to dissolve the party,
though the Alexandria Urgent Matters Court ruled on 26 November 2014 that it lacked jurisdiction.
The party was founded by Abou Elela Mady
which Mady accused of having "narrow political horizons." The creation of al-Wasat was criticized by the Brotherhood, which said Mady was trying to split the movement.
It was also not well received by the Egyptian government, which brought its founders before a military court
on the charge of setting up a party as an Islamist front.
The party asserts that its aim is to promote a tolerant version of Islam
with liberal tendencies
. Its founder Mady highlights as proof of this openness the fact that two Copts
and three women are among the party's 24 top members.
According to the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
, al-Wasat "seeks to interpret Islamic sharia principles in a manner consistent with the values of a liberal democratic system. Although al-Wasat advocates a political system that is firmly anchored in Islamic law, it also views sharia principles as flexible and wholly compatible with the principles of pluralism and equal citizenship rights."
The party's manifesto accepts the right of a Christian to become head of state in a Muslim-majority country.
Its founder Mady likens its ideology to that of the Turkish Justice and Development Party (AKP)
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