Opposition Wafd Party draws up shadow government

The opposition Wafd Party has formed a "shadow government" mandated with devising a new national constitution and new political and economic reform policies, Assistant Wafd Party President Ali al-Silmy declared at a press conference on Tuesday.

According to al-Silmy, the shadow government will also monitor the performance of the existing government dominated by the ruling National Democratic Party of President Hosni Mubarak.

“For the first time, the people will have a government that meets their aspirations,” he said.

Al-Silmy went on to explain that the party's shadow government would consist of 30 ministerial portfolios and four specialized ministerial committees devoted to Sinai development, monetary and banking policy, radio and television, and planning.

The Wafd shadow government, he added, would not include defense or interior portfolios–since this would require coordination with the incumbent government–or an information ministry.

“Ours will not be a hostile government,” he said. “It will be a friendly one that offers alternatives and solutions to the nation's problems.”

Translated from the Arabic Edition.

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