Presidential candidate Hisham El-Bastawisi
revealed "Change, Freedom, Social Justice - Judge Hisham El-Bastawisi for all Egyptians" as the primary slogan for his elections campaign, in a press statement Wednesday.
The candidate of the left-wing Tagammu Party added that a group of experts in various fields are currently working on finalising his presidential programme.
The programme, he stated, handles five main points: security, law enforcement, citizenship rights and economic stability. Addressing these key issues, he says, will achieve social justice by ensuring a strong public, private and cooperative sector.
Education and scientific research, the presidential candidate said, are the key tools for progress in Egypt, as well as the independence of the judiciary and restoring the national and regional role of Egypt.
El-Bastawisi also announced that there are "red lines" that cannot be crossed. Most importantly, he will not accept normalisation of relations with Israel. Supporting the public sector at the expense of developing the private and cooperative sectors, is another no-no.
He also added that he has received invitations to visit various governorates around Egypt and that he is eager to meet and engage in face-to-face discussions with the public. He plans to give a public conference in each governorate, which he said is "within the framework of the current action plan."
El-Bastawisi is a prominent reformist judge and a well-known political figure who led a judicial reform movement under Mubarak's regime.
He is known for standing up to Egypt’s autocratic regime, having played a key role in the struggle for judicial independence in the last decade of ousted president Hosni Mubarak’s rule.
He announced his intention to run for the presidency in March 2011.
Presidential elections will take place on 23 and 24 May, and the president will be named on 21 June after a runoff voting round on 16 and 17 June.