CAIRO: Wadi Gedid Governor Mahmoud Khalifa submitted his resignation Thursday, after his endorsement of Field Marshal Abdel Fatah al-Sisi was made public Wednesday.
Khalifa told Youm7 that he was “not mistaken” in what he did, and that he was acting in his personal capacity, and was not urging citizens to vote for any specific candidate.
Youm7 reported that on Wednesday, Mahlab ordered all ministers, governors and government officials to be “neutral” towards presidential candidates, and stressed that the government should keep a distance from all presidential candidates.
Khalifa told Youm7 he said that he resigned “not to embarrass the government,” and that he had spoken with Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab on Wednesday and explained why he filed an endorsement for Sisi.
Khalifa denied he would join Sisi’s campaign after resignation. He said that he had filed his endorsement in his personal capacity, which was the right of all Egyptians, reported Al-Masry Al-Youm.
The Egyptian Organization for Development and Upper Egypt Rights praised his resignation, Al-Bawab news reported.
The window for Egyptians to submit their endorsements is now open, and the first round of presidential elections is scheduled to take place on May 26-27.
Additional reporting by Hend Mokhtar and Maher Abu Nour.