Sabbahi’s campaign launches registration effort
Hamdeen Sabbahi - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Hamdeen Sabbahi’s campaign will begin on Monday performing legal procedures to register him as a presidential candidate, Maasoum Marzouk, the campaign’s official spokesperson, told Youm7 on Sunday.

With the presidential elections fast approaching, the Supreme Presidential Electoral Commission declared Sunday that candidates may register from March 31 to April 20.

The campaign said that dozens of its members staged Sunday marches supporting Sabbahi in Beheira and Ismailia, raising photos of those who died in the revolution and chanting in support of Sabbahi for president, Al-Balad reported.

The campaign said its members are prepared to overcome major obstacles in collecting the required endorsements for Sabbahi’s candidacy, saying they seek to collect 40,000 endorsements from people in 19 governorates, Al-Masry Al-Youm reported.

On March 4, the Sabbahi presidential campaign launched an online initiative to collect endorsements for his candidacy, according to its official Facebook page.

Waheed Abdel Maguid, head of the commission responsible for forming Sabbahi’s platform, told Youm7 the commission has completed its work, adding that his electoral program gives priority to economic issues that would achieve social justice.

Sabbahi rejected granting immunity to the decisions of the Supreme Presidential Electoral Commission but said it would not influence his decision to run for president, Youm7 reported.

After the January 25 Revolution, Sabbahi created the Popular Current Party. He was the third-place candidate during 2012 presidential elections.

Sabbahi and former Defense Minister Abdel Fatah al-Sisi are the only candidates who have officially announced their bids for the presidency.

Additional reporting by Mostafa Abdel Tawab and Samar Salama.

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