Dostour Party supports Sabbahi, his campaign submits complaint on ‘violations’
YOUM7/Islam Osama

CAIRO: Dostour Party announced its support for presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi in a press conference Wednesday aired on several Egyptian TV channels.

 The decision was the result of a party poll, in which Sabbahi was supported by 59.3 percent of the votes, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi by 10.1 percent, boycotting the elections by 28.6 percent and any other candidate by 2 percent, head of the party Hala Shukrallah said during the conference.

 On the sidelines of the conference, the party distributed documents on its demands from the next president; namely ending corruption, reducing external and internal debt, ensuring the rights to peaceful assembly, eliminating illiteracy and poverty and improving health services, reported Youm7.

 Sabbahi’s campaign set Thursday as the deadline for collecting petitions, according to a Wednesday statement. The official deadline for collecting petition is April 20, and presidential elections are scheduled for May 26-27 in Egypt.

 Head of legal affairs for the campaign, Hamed Gabr, told Youm7 that Sabbahi’s campaign has not accepted donations yet and depends on volunteers and the headquarters of the Karama Party, which was founded by Sabbahi.

 A complaint in the name of Sabbahi’s campaign was submitted to Cabinet spokesperson Hossam Qawish on Wednesday, legal adviser to Sabbahi’s campaign Tareq Negeda told Youm7.

 The complaint includes a large number of violations that the campaign documented while collecting petitions at notary offices, and the pro-Sisi statements some ministers gave to media outlets, contrary to what the “state impartiality” law ensures, Negeda said.

 On April 10, the Cabinet accepted the resignation of Wadi Gedid governor Mahmoud Khalifa after he was criticized for signing a petition in support of Sisi, according to Shoruok News.

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