Peaceful Change youth movement supports Sabbahi in Egypt's presidential race

MENA, Sunday 13 May 2012

In a press statement, the Free Front of Peaceful Change youth movement announced it is throwing their support behind long-time opposition figure Hamdeen Sabbahi for president

Hamdeen Sabahi
Hamdeen Sabbahi (Photo: Reuters)

The Free Front for Peaceful Change movement announced its support for Hamdeen Sabbahi in the first presidential race since Egypt’s January 25 Revolution ousted Hosni Mubarak from his 30-year-reign and installed the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) into power.

According to the press statement issued Saturday: "This decision has come after a careful study of all presidential campaigns and a meeting with our political desk, putting in consideration an online poll on the front’s website."

The Free Front for Peaceful Change movement is comprised of young activists who have launched several campaigns in recent months to raise awareness about democracy, the constitution and elections.

Sabbahi is a veteran Nasserist opposition figure and former member of the People's Assembly. He is also well-known for being an outspoken critic of the US and Israel.

Sabbahi officially announced his presidential bid in March 2011, opting to run on an independent ticket and not through the Nasserist Karama Party.

He did not run in parliamentary elections later that year in order to focus on the presidential contest.

Presidential elections will take place on 23 and 24 May, and the president will be named on 21 June after a runoff voting round on 16 and 17 June.

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