Mortada Mansour declares presidential bid
Mortada Mansour - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Zamalek Club head Mortada Mansour officially announced his bid for the presidency, adding in a statement aired on state television Sunday that his platform “is aimed at restoring Egypt’s prestige and position among nations.”

Presidential elections are slated for May 26-27. It is the first election since Mohamed Morsi’s July 3 ouster, and the second since the January 25 Revolution.

Presidential elections should be postponed for a year to allow Egypt to recover and regain its strength, Mansour said, adding that it is important now to stop any strikes and sit-ins for to give the economy and tourism a chance to recover.

“There is chaos in Aswan Governorate,” said Mansour. “I am wondering how two tribes call for punishing the police while they are the killers.”

Mansour said poverty and unemployment are the main sources of terrorism.

An armed conflict between two families in Aswan’s al-Sayl al-Refi village has left 23 dead since Friday. Of those killed, 15 were from Bani-Helaleya family and the other six Nubians from Daboud village.

“In Egypt, there are laws organizing everything, but they are not implemented,” Mansour said, criticizing Egypt’s interim president, Adly Mansour, for not yet issuing a statement on the issue as if he “did not exist,” despite increasing deaths.

Mansour also said Muslim Brotherhood leaders fleeing Egypt for Qatar “should have their citizenship revoked.”

Elected as president of the Zamalek football club on March 29, Mansour is a lawyer. He was one of 25 defendants accused of hiring armed thugs to attack protesters Tahrir Square in what became known as the Battle of the Camels on Feb. 2, 2011.

Mansour, 62, is set to compete against former Defense Minister Field Marshal Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and Nasserist Hamdeen Sabbahi, founder of the Popular Current.

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