First presidential hopeful officially applies to run

Ahram Online, Tuesday 13 Mar 2012

The first candidate to submit an application to run for president represents NDP offshoot the National Party of Egypt


On Tuesday, the first official application to register for Egypt's presidential race was submitted to the Presidential Elections Commission. Ahmed El-Saidi, who represents the National Party of Egypt, is an inspector at Egypt's antiquities ministry.

The Commission told Ahram Online that it had received the candidate's papers, but that this does not necessarily mean that El-Saidi has been accepted as a president candidate. The decision on whether or not he is a valid candidate will come after his documents have been inspected.

El-Saidi filled in the presidential candidate application and submitted documentation that show that he is a member of the National Party of Egypt, an offshoot of Mubarak's disbanded National Democratic Party, which won six seats in the People's Assembly.

The party was founded on 17 August 2011 by the late Talaat Al-Sadat, nephew of former president Anwar Al-Sadat and former MP.

Following Al-Sadat's death last November, Tawfik Okasha, a famous television presenter and owner of the private television channel Faraeen (Pharoahs), and Effat Al-Sadat are fighting for the leadership of the party.


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