Sabbahi spox calls for health examinations for presidential candidates
Hamdeen Sabbahi - YOUM7/Amr Diab

CAIRO: Ambassador Maasoum Marzouk, spokesperson for the campaign of potential presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi, told Youm7 on Monday that the Supreme Electoral Committee (SEC) should appoint a special council affiliated with the Ministry of Health to examine the health of presidential candidates.

The Health Ministry said in a statement to Al-Arabiya News that the presidency mandated the secretariat of medical centers to examine presidential candidates.

Head of the medical centers, Mohamed Sultan, determined a number of diseases that would prevent candidates from the presidency, including heart diseases, Hepatitis C, AIDS, diabetes, hypertension, cancer, hereditary diseases or anemia, in addition to some psychological issues, according to the statement.

The health of Egypt’s president has been the subject of controversy since electing former President Mohamed Morsi, who suffered from epilepsy and had brain surgery in Germany years before becoming president, according to Youm7.

Additional reporting by Ramy Said and Ahmed Gomaa.

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