Egypt's high-profile businessman Mohamed Abul-Enein sweeps Giza district poll: Projection

Gamal Essam El-Din , Monday 26 Oct 2020

Semi-official figures show that Abul-Enein won more than 125,000 votes

Mohammed Abul Enein
File photo: Egyptian business tycoon Mohammed Abul-Enein (Al-Ahram)

Mohamed Abul-Enein, the high-profile businessman and owner of the ceramics Cleopatra Group, has won the seat of the constituency of Giza and Dokki, according to semi-official vote-count.

Abul-Enein, who ran as an independent, was contesting against journalist and political Islam researcher Abdel-Rehim Ali, Mostaqbal Watan Party's candidate Riad Montasser, and Ahmed Mansour, son of the controversial chairman of Zamalek Sporting Club, MP Mortada Mansour.

In the Giza, Dokki, and Agouza constituency, 18 candidates were battling it out.

Preliminary vote-count by Giza's general election committee on Sunday evening shows that Giza's total number of eligible voters stands at 653,554.

The committee said that Abul-Enein won 125,758 votes, journalist Abdel-Rehim Ali received 19,756 votes, and Mostaqbal Watan's candidate Riad Montasser got 29,487 votes."

"Trailing Abul-Enein is independent candidate Zaki Abbas Abdel-Zaher, who won 83,995 votes," said the committee that is yet to decide whether Abul-Enein and Abdel-Zaher will face a run-off or that Abul-Enein has won the seat from the first round.

Though Abul-Enein is deputy chairman of the pro-government majority party of Mostaqbal Watan, he refused to be its official candidate.

Abul-Enein said he refused to stand as a Mostaqbal Watan Party list candidate, preferring to run as an individual because he is banking on his popularity in the Giza district.

Abul-Enein joined parliament for the first time in 1995 when he was appointed by former president Hosni Mubarak.

In 2000, Abul-Enein, a leading member of Mubarak's defunct ruling National Democratic Party at that time, was able to make it to parliament by winning in the Giza district. He was made chairman of parliament's housing committee and later chairman of the industrial committee.

Egypt's National Elections Authority (NEA) will announce the results of the first stage of Egypt's parliamentary elections at a press conference next Sunday. Voting in the first stage, including 14 governorates, took place on Saturday and Sunday and was supervised by some 12,000 judges.

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