A graduate of the Police Academy, a lawyer for some of the deposed regime’s remnants who are accused of fraud and corruption, Mohamed Fawzy dreams of bringing a sense of law and order to the country as the first post-Mubarak president.
Born in January 1945 in Halla Village, Daqahlia Governorate, north east of Cairo, Fawzy likes to inform audiences that his father was a member of the King Farouk council of representatives.
He graduated on the top of his class at the Police Academy in 1964; he received an additional law degree from Ain Shams University as well as a PhD in law in 1994.
Fawzy worked as a police commander in police stations, in addition to other governmental positions, before he pursued a new career as a lawyer.
Among Fawzy’s current clients are Amin Abaza, Zoheir Garana and Ahmed El-Maghrabi, Mubarak’s ministers of agriculture, tourism and housing respectively, who along with other former regime figures are facing charges of corruption. Fawzy told reporers recently he would not have defended the trio if he had not been sure of their innocence.
On the campaign trail, Fawzy echoes the same sentiments of the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), and many of the interim government figures, that sit-ins and strikes which increased after the January 25 revolution are illegal and are also taking a toll on the economy.
Fawzy avows that protesting is a right that every citizen is entitled to, but, in the same breath, avers that state authorities have to approve protests before they actually take place.
During a recent television interview, Fawzy said that bringing about a national economic boom is on top of his list of priorities, saying Egypt’s political weight is contingent upon its prosperity.
In this regard, he highlighted the importance of what he brands as ‘national projects’ to breathe life into the economy.
Fawzy, who admires stong leaders, cited the historic decision of former president Gamal Abdel Nasser, whom Fawzy thinks highly of, to build the Aswan High Dam in the early sixties, as a model.
Hardly known to the public, he qualified as a candidate in the presidential race with the endorsement of the pre-revolution paper-strong Generation Party, which was founded in 2002.
In comparison to other presidential candidates, Fawzy’s presidential campaign is poorly funded.
He says he is funding his campaign from his own savings, which are estimated at LE4 million. He only managed to introduce himself to the public through several media interviews as he failed to campaign through posters or banners in the streets.
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