3 political party leaders secure required endorsements to run for Egypt’s presidential election

Ahram Online , Saturday 30 Sep 2023

Heads of the Wafd Party, the Republican People’s Party (RPP) and the Egyptian Social Democratic Party have secured the required endorsements to run in Egypt's presidential elections, slated for December.

From left: Head of Egypt’s Al-Wafd Party Abdel-Sanad Yamama, Head of Egyptian Social Democratic Party Farid Zahran and Head of the Republican People’s Party Hazem Omar. Compiled photo


Hazem Omar, whose Republican People’s Party has around 50 members in the House of Representatives, secured 44 endorsements from MPs. This is more than double the minimum endorsements required for him to run for president.

Omar, who has served as a Senate member since 2020, has resigned from the Senate to run for president, according to news reports on Thursday.

Farid Zahran, head of the opposition Egyptian Social Democratic Party, which has only a few members in the House of Representatives, secured the minimum 20 endorsements required.

Similarly, Abdel-Sanad Yamama, head of Egypt’s old liberal Al-Wafd Party, obtained 20 endorsements from MPs.

According to Egyptian law, presidential candidates must secure endorsements from 25,000 eligible voters across at least 15 governorates, or from 20 MPs.

Over the past few days, hundreds of MPs in the House of Representatives endorsed incumbent President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi's potential reelection bid.

Egyptian notary offices have reported long queues of citizens eager to fill in endorsement forms, indicating significant competition among multiple candidates.

Voting in Egypt’s presidential elections will take place from 1–3 December for Egyptians abroad, while domestic voting will occur from 10–12 December. If no run-off is necessary, the winner will be announced on December 18.

Besides the aforementioned leaders, four political figures have already declared their intentions to run for the presidency, including Ahmed Tantawi, a former MP and the former head of the leftist Al-Karama (Dignity) Party, and Gameela Ismail, the chairwoman of the liberal Dostour (Constitution) Party.

Other notable candidates include Fouad Badrawi, a former MP and member of the Wafd Party's Higher Council and Ahmed El-Fadaly, chairman of the Democratic Peace Party.

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