Maher presidential campaign is only symbolic: April 6 Youth Movement
Ahmed Maher and Ahmed Douma - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Several political activists launched an online initiative Wednesday in an attempt to nominate imprisoned April 6 Youth Movement founder Ahmed Maher for president.
Efforts by some political activists to jumpstart a presidential campaign for Maher is just a symbolic popular campaign, Mohamed Kamal, member of the movement’s political office, told Youm7 Wednesday.

Kamal said that a number of endorsements were already issued for Maher in Matrouh, adding that this campaign is not officially related to the movement but only means to support Maher.

Maher and two other political activists, Mohamed Adel and Ahmed Doma, were sentenced to three years in jail, fined 50,000 EGP, and ordered to be placed under surveillance for three years for orchestrating illegal protests and assaulting police officers in November 2013.

The protest law issued by the Cabinet and ratified by interim President Adly Mansour in November, granted the Ministry of Interior the power to prohibit staging demonstrations without permission from the ministry, and many political forces criticized the law and called for protests.

Egypt’s presidential elections are slated to take place May 26-27. Thus far, Field Marshal Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, Popular Current leader Hamdeen Sabbahi, and Zamalek football club chairperson Mortada Mansour have announced their bids for presidency.

Additional reporting by Mostafa Abdel Tawab.

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