Former Governor Mahmoud Khalifa of New Valley (Photo:Ahram Arabic Gate)
The governor of Wadi El-Gadid, Mahmoud Khalifa, resigned from his position on Thursday after publicly supporting Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi’s presidential campaign.
Khalifa filed a recommendation form supporting El-Sisi’s presidential candidacy, defying governmental instructions to officials to remain neutral in the presidential elections set for May.
Accepting the resignation, Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab was quoted by Al-Ahram Arabic website as saying: "The government should insist on its commitment to complete neutrality and on proving this neutrality to the whole world, in order to have fair and free elections."
Khalifa told Al-Ahram that he had not met with candidates or organised rallies for any candidate in his position as governor.
"Filing a recommendation form does not mean that I am endorsing a certain candidate as a governor. I came as an Egyptian citizen who is practicing his constitutional right," the former governor told Al-Ahram.
Egyptian laws do not forbid public officials from expressing their political views.
Khalifa, a former major-general in the Egyptian armed forces, was appointed governor of Wadi El-Gadid on 17 June last year.