'We will compete strongly in the 2024 presidential election': PRP candidate Hazem Omar

Gamal Essam El-Din , Wednesday 12 Jul 2023

Presidential candidate, Senator, and the People's Republican Party (PRP) chairman, Hazem Omar, stressed that the party intends to be a strong contender in the upcoming presidential elections, affirming that it will not give heed to doubters or those who want to prevent it from implementing its long-term strategy.

Hazem Omar
People s Republic Party leader Senator Hazem Omar. Photo : People s Republic Party

 

In a meeting on 8 July, PRP's Higher Council unanimously nominated Chairman and Senator Hazem Omar to run as the party's official candidate in Egypt's 2024 presidential elections.

The decision followed a secret ballot conducted by the party's general assembly on 5 July to nominate a candidate for the upcoming presidential elections.

In response, Omar gratefully thanked the PRP's Higher Council for naming him the party's official presidential candidate.

He noted that since its establishment in September 2012, the PRP adopted a long-term strategy that aimed, among other things, to field a presidential candidate within ten years.

The presidential candidate also pointed out that the party used the 2015 parliament elections as a launch pad to implement this strategy.

“And now, after eight years of serious action and work, I can say that the PRP was able to achieve part of this strategy – that is, we have become the second largest political party in Egypt in terms of the number of deputies in the House of Representatives and the Senate," said Omar.

Furthermore, he said the PRP has the political will to compete strongly in the 2024 presidential elections.

"We will never be deterred by those who raise doubts about this step and who try their best to block our political march," stated Omar, noting that the PRP is a highly respected political party with a clear vision and message.

The presidential candidate further stressed that the party’s political, economic, and social programmes reflect its ideological background and noble national aims, which, he said, the party has the power and will to achieve regardless of any difficulties.

"The PRP will also spare no effort in making Egypt's political life a highly competitive and vibrant one," concluded Omar.

Omar is a tourism entrepreneur who President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi appointed to the Senate in 2020.

He is currently the chairman of the Senate's Arab, Foreign, and African Affairs Committee.

According to PRP Secretary-General and MP Mohamed Salah Abu Himila, Omar's nomination aligns with the constitutional requirements outlined in Articles 141 and 142.

These articles stipulate that a presidential candidate must secure endorsements from at least 20 members of parliament (MPs) to be eligible to run for office.

The PRP is the second-largest block in the House of Representatives, holding 50 (8.8 percent) out of 596 seats.

It also has 17 elected deputies in the 300-member Senate.

Following the PRP's decision to nominate Omar last week, Abu Himila disclosed that a "secretariat-general will be established to oversee the preparation of Omar's presidential campaign, including matters related to funding, administrative affairs, promotion, and media coverage."

Four candidates, apart from Omar, have announced their intention to participate in Egypt's presidential elections. These include Abdul-Sanad Yamama, the chairman of the El-Wafd Party; Fouad Badrawi, a former MP and member of El-Wafd Party's Higher Council; Ahmed El-Fadaly, the chairman of the Democratic Peace Party, and Ahmed Tantawi, a former MP and former Chairman of El-Karama party.

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