February 19, 2011 / 11:13 AM / 8 years ago

After 15-year wait, Egypt's Wasat Party approved

CAIRO, Feb 19 (Reuters) - A Cairo court on Saturday approved the establishment of an Egyptian political party that has been trying to secure an official licence for 15 years, judicial sources said.

The Wasat Party (Centre Party) has applied four times for an official licence since the 1990s. Saturday’s ruling made it the first party to gain official status since President Hosni Mubarak was toppled on Feb. 11. The ruling will allow the Wasat Party, founded by a former member of the Muslim Brotherhood, to take part in forthcoming elections. (Writing by Tom Perry, editing by Tim Pearce)

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