Al Wasat decision postponed

Once again, the administrative court has postponed issuing a verdict on whether Al Wasat, a moderate Islamist party founded by former members of the Muslim Brotherhood that also contains a few Christians, should be able to form a legal political party. The most immediate impact of this decision is that since the court will not convene again until 3 December, the party will not be able to compete in the upcoming parliamentary elections. Al Wasat members may choose, of course, to run as independents.

For more background on this, see this Cairo article and previous posts on Arabist.net such as this and this.
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