Generally seen as a secular, left-leaning party,
the Wafa Movement reached out to Islamists on the grounds of seeking unity among revolutionary forces
. In the 2014 elections
, the party lost its parliamentary representation.
On 19 April 2012, CPR secretary-general Abderraouf Ayadi had been dismissed from his official functions following controversies over Ayadis approval of Samir Geageas
right-wing Lebanese Forces
, a Christian militia responsible for the Sabra and Shatila massacre
of hundreds of Palestinian refugees in 1982.
A few days later, on 9 May 2012, Ayadi and a group of fellow constituents announced that they would leave the CPR to form a new party under the name of "Wafa",
meaning "faithful", used here in the sense of "faithful to the revolution". On July 25, the party was officially founded, "with the sole objective of realizing the revolution’s objectives: work, liberty and national dignity."
In November 2012, the party announced it would sue Israel
for the 1988 assassination of Fatah
-official Abu Jihad
by Sayeret Matkal
Colonel Nahum Lev in Tunis
. Wafa attorney Fadira Najjar considered the assassination a war crime under international law and claimed that deposed Tunisian president Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali
as well as security officials colluded with Israel.
Having started with 12 parliamentarians in 2012, the Wafa Movement went into the 2014 parliamentary election
with 10 seats,
all of which it lost receiving a mere 0.70% of the electoral vote. For the following presidential election
, Wafa had already nominated its secretary-general Ayadi
who however withdrew his candidacy after the electoral results were published calling the election a "soft coup" with the comeback of old regime figures.
Wafa harshly criticized the candidacy of Beji Caid Essebsi
, stating that he would have no place in a revolution of the youth against the former regime.
The party later supported the electoral campaign of interim president Moncef Marzouki
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