Sabbahi second official presidential candidate with 25,000 endorsements
Hamdeen Sabbahi - YOUM7/Sami Waheeb
By SARA OSAMA SHOUREAP

CAIRO: The campaign of the founder of the Popular Current Hamdeen Sabbahi has collected 25,000 endorsements so far, media spokesperson of Sabbahi’s campaign Amr Badr said in Thursday press statements.

Badr said that they are collecting more endorsements on Thursday, to present Sabbahi’s endorsements to the Supreme Electoral Commission at the beginning of next week.

Sabbahi’s official Facebook page stated that the deadline for collecting petitions is Thursday at 10 p.m. The official deadline for collecting endorsements is April 20, and the presidential elections are scheduled for May 26-27 in Egypt.

With the 25,000 endorsements, Sabbahi is the second official presidential candidate after the campaign of former Defense Minister Field Marshal Abdel Fatah al-Sisi presented approximately 200,000 endorsements to the Supreme Electoral Commission Monday, making Sisi the first official presidential candidate.

Secretary General of the High Presidential Elections Committee (HPEC) Abdel Aziz Salman said last Monday in an interview with Al-Hayah channel that former Defense Minister Field Marshal Abdel Fatah al-Sisi is so far the only official presidential candidate

Abdel Fatah al-Sisi announced that he will run for president after resigning as Minister of Defense on March 27.

The announcement aired on State television, following a meeting with the Supreme Council of Armed Forces, attended by interim President Adly Mansour.

In Thursday press statement Badr thanked the members and leaders of the Dostour Party after they declared on Wednesday their support for Sabbahi in the forthcoming presidential elections.

The 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, while 28.6 percent supported boycotting the elections, head of the party Hala Shukrallah said during the conference.

Other prominent potential candidates are Zamalek Club head Mortada Mansour, who announced his bid for the presidency in a statement aired on state television April 6.

Additional reporting by Ayman Mustafa.

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