Egyptian leftist politician submits bid to run for president

CAIRO Sat Apr 19, 2014 5:27am EDT

Leftist presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabahi talks during an interview with Reuters in Cairo March 12, 2014. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih

Leftist presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabahi talks during an interview with Reuters in Cairo March 12, 2014.

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CAIRO (Reuters) - Leftist politician Hamdeen Sabahi officially submitted his bid on Saturday to run for Egypt's presidency, making him the second candidate for next month's election alongside former army-chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi who is widely expected to win.

The election is due to start on May 26-27.

Sabahi, who heads a political alliance called the Popular Current, was a member of parliament during ousted autocrat Hosni Mubarak's years in office and came third in the 2012 election that was won by Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Sisi, who led the army overthrow of Mursi in July after mass protests against his rule, is widely expected to win the election as he is viewed by many in the country as the savior of the people who can bring stability to Egypt.

Sabahi submitted the required documents to the presidential election committee after gathering 31,100 endorsements. The required number of endorsements is 25,000.

Sisi submitted his documents last week after gathering 200,000 endorsements.

(Reporting by Asma Alsharif; Editing by Alison Williams)

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Doc62 wrote:
Egyptians ousted Mubarek. He brought security and properity with his controlling attitude. Looks like the “Arab Spring” sprung back to bite them. Now, Gen. Sisi will work to restore the same program. Interesting that the best way to control muslim conflict is with totalitarianism. Works in Iran, Saudi Arabia and Russia.

Apr 19, 2014 10:27am EDT  --  Report as abuse
johnnyboone wrote:
The U.S. puppet Sisi is expected to win. Of course and the “stability” that he brings will be at the expense of the rights of regular citizens of Egypt. The current government has outlawed the Muslim Brotherhood who won the last popular election so what does that mean other than U.S. and Israel are calling the shots in Egypt. It will be a while before Egypt has another open election.

Apr 19, 2014 1:44pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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