Soccer club president announces bid for presidency
Mortada Mansour - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Mortada Mansour, president of the Zamalek soccer club, announced early Monday his intention to run in the presidential elections, in an interview on Al-Nahar TV.

Mansour said his presidential campaign will collect 25,000 endorsements for his candidacy from people in different governorates, Youm7 reported.

The Supreme Presidential Electoral Commission announced presidential candidates may register from March 31 to April 20, and it will announce the final approved list of candidates May 2.

Mansour was among those accused of hiring “thugs” who rode into Tahrir Square on horses and camels on February 2, 2011 to attack demonstrators, known as the “Battle of the Camel.” It was seen as a turning point in the protests that led to former President Hosni Mubarak’s ouster.

A former judge, Mansour has said he had nothing to do with the “Battle of the Camel” and has denied having been a supporter of Mubarak’s regime, Al-Masry Al-Youm reported.

Mansour was also accused, along with other judges and journalists, during the regime of ousted President Mohamed Morsi of plotting to overthrow the government, Al-Masry Al-Youm reported.

He is the third person to announce he is running in the presidential elections after former Defense Minister Abdel Fatah al-Sisi resigned to run for president.

Sisi announced his presidential bid on state television last Wednesday, “in response to popular demand” calling for him to run.

Hamdeen Sabbahi, founder of the Popular Current Party, announced his bid in early February, Youm7 reported.

Additional reporting by Samer Hosni.

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