Founded in 1996 as a moderate offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's Al-Wasat Party wants to see an increased status for sharia law, but in a modern form that would grant full rights to women and the Coptic Christian minority within Egypt. In addition, Al-Wasat strongly supports liberal democracy, as well as free and fair elections, the separation of powers, freedom of thought and expression, and respect for civil, political, social, economic, and human rights. The party has a broad base of support among women, Copts, business people, and secularists across Egypt, though total support is shallow in terms of raw numbers. Al-Wasat finally received legal recognition in 2011 following Hosni Mubarak’s ouster and joined with other opposition parties to support Mohamed Morsi’s successful 2012 bid for the presidency. After Morsi was deposed by the military in 2013, Al-Wasat founder Abu al-‘Ila Madi was jailed, and in August 2014 the party withdrew from the pro-Morsi bloc.