CAIRO: Presidential hopeful Mortada Mansour has accused Hamdeen Sabbahi, founder of the Popular Current and another presidential hopeful, of receiving funding from political figures affiliated with former President Hosni Mubarak’s regime, reported Youm7 Tuesday.
Mansour, head of the Zamalek Soccer Club, claimed that Sabbahi has received funding from businessman Mahmoud Khamis, a member of the dissolved National Democratic Party (NDP), amounting to 4 million EGP, during an interview on Mehwar TV channel.
The official presidential campaign of Sabbahi published in February his financial records before he announced his bid for presidency.
Sabbahi’s sources of income include his inheritance from his father, a deposit of 705,000 EGP from his life savings with his wife, and some shares in a publishing company.
Hamed Gabr, Karama Party and Popular Current leader, said that the campaign is not interested in responding to claims accusing Sabbahi of receiving funds from members of the National Democratic Party, reported Youm7.
Gabr said the campaign has not received any donations yet, adding that it depends on young volunteers and it uses the headquarters of the Karama Party in different governorates.
He said that Sabbahi will submit his financial disclosure to the Supreme Electoral Commission, criticizing attempts to distort Sabbahi’s presidential campaign.
The presidential election law caps campaign funding at 20 million EGP (U.S. $2.87 million) for the first round and five million EGP ($718,000) for the runoff.
The first round of presidential elections is scheduled for May 26-27.
Additional reporting by Samar Salama and Ayman Ramadan.