A coalition of Egyptian opposition groups is forging a common electoral platform as it seeks to capitalize on setbacks for Islamists who have dominated the country's politics since its Arab Spring uprising.
Hamdeen Sabbahi, a firebrand politician who ran for president last year, told Reuters the opposition National Salvation Front coalition could win a parliamentary majority in April if it rises above differences that split its ranks in past elections.
The well-organized Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamists could take most seats in the vote, but liberals and other opponents look likely to pose a much bigger challenge this time.
They could be aided by growing frustration at the failure of President Mohamed Morsy and his Muslim Brotherhood allies to steady an economy hammered by two years of turmoil since autocratic leader Hosni Mubarak was ousted almost two years ago.
"The front will set aside its differences now in favor of the national goal it is heading for," Sabbahi said in an interview at the headquarters of his Popular Current movement in Cairo. "Our goal is to prevent one group's hegemony in the Parliament, the government and the presidency."
Islamists won about 70 percent of seats in a parliamentary election last year, but the assembly was dissolved by court order months later because the electoral rules were deemed to be unconstitutional.
"If the elections are honest and we run with good management, which is what we expect, we will get more than 50 percent of seats," said Sabbahi, 58.
Sabbahi said the NSF, whose membership ranges from unabashed socialists to nationalists and economic liberals, was forging a common economic platform focused on principles of social justice that united those disparate ideologies.
Sabbahi came third in the presidential race last year, which Morsy went on to win. Analysts said liberals or others would have done better had they agreed on a single candidate.