A little known former police officer and businessman, Mahmoud Hossam Eddin Galal, 48, is the second youngest candidate after Khaled Ali in Egypt’s upcoming presidential race.
Born on 11 September 1964, Galal is a former police officer who quit the force in 1995 to specialise in police reform.
He is married and has two daughters and a son.
He is also the head and founder of the El-Bedaya (Beginning) Party, which describes itself as liberal and is widely seen as an offshoot of the long ruling but now defunct National Democratic Party (NDP). Many of its members had previously pledged allegiance to the former ruling party.
Galal says he is planning to capitalise on his business experience to lead a turnaround in Egypt’s crippled economy, which he describes as his foremost priority.
His time as a police officer, he says, gives him a deep insight on how he would set about restoring Egypt’s domestic security.
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