Hamdeen Sabbahi visits Aswan

Ekram Ibrahim , Wednesday 16 May 2012

Nasserist presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabahi visited The Angel’s Church and the memorial High Dam in Aswan, South Egypt on Wednesday.

Sabahi visited the church to propose his presidential programme to its clergy. The Nasserist presidential hopeful is used to visiting churches during his presidential tours to highlight his positive position towards Copts.

"You are getting more popular here in Aswan," Morcus Tadrus, a priest, told Sabahi during the visit. After the church, Sabahi proceeded to the memorial High Dam, and onto Abrim village in Nubia, where he discussed his presidential programme, promising the Nubians to work on granting them their rights if he makes it to power.

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 in order to focus on the presidential contest.

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


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