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Egyptian business tycoon Mohamed Abul-Enein wins Giza by-election

The former MP, Mohamed Dessouqi, died of a heart attack last year

Gamal Essam El-Din , Tuesday 18 Feb 2020
MP, businessman Aboul Enein (Al-Ahram)
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Prominent businessman Mohamed Abul-Enein has won a parliamentary by-election in Giza, the head of Egypt's electoral committee said on Tuesday.

The owner of Ceramica Cleopatra Group and chairman of the Egyptian European Businessmen Council won 36,213 votes, a majority, out of an estimated 266,396 registered voters in this district, said Lasheen Ibrahim, head Egypt's National Electoral Commission.

No irregularities were reported in the by-election, which was held on 11 and 12 February at 87 polling stations and monitored by 115 judges, Ibrahim added.

The former MP, Mohamed Dessouqi, died of a heart attack on 30 November.

Abul-Enein is expected to be sworn in as an MP when parliament reconvenes on 23 February.

He was fielded by the parliamentary majority party Mostakbal Watan (the Future of Homeland), and competed against three candidates, all of whom were independent.

Abul-Enein was first seated in parliament in 1995 after he was appointed by then-president Hosni Mubarak. In 2000, Abul-Enein won the seat for a Giza district in the elections, and soon became head of parliament's housing committee. In 2005, he won the Giza seat for the second time, and was later elected as head of parliament's industrial committee.

Abul-Enein decided to run even though Egypt's current parliamentary session will finish in July.

New parliamentary elections are scheduled to be held in Egypt in November.

Abul-Enein hopes that winning the Giza by-election will prepare the ground for a run in November.

Ibrahim also announced on Tuesday that a second, and final, round of voting will be held for the by-election in the Malawi district in Upper Egypt's Minya.

The first round, held on 11 and 12 February, saw seven candidates competing, he said, adding that Mohamed Abdel-Hakam, the candidate of Mostakbal Watan, and Abdallah Mohamed Khalifa, an independent, got the highest number of votes.

"So they are going to compete in a second round," said Ibrahim.

Ahmed Sharmookh, the MP formerly representing the constituency, died of a heart attack on 8 December.

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