Governor who resigned after endorsing Sisi joins his campaign
Former governor Mahmoud Khalifa - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Former governor of Wadi Gedid, Mahomud Khalifa, has been appointed as a coordinator for Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s presidential campaign, spokesperson of the campaign, Abdel Nabi Abdel Sattar, said at a Wednesday press conference.

Khalifa resigned on April 10 after his endorsement for Sisi was made public. Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab had ordered all ministers, governors and state officials to remain neutral toward the presidential candidates.

Sisi’s approved endorsements amounted to 188,930, while his sole competitor Hamdeen Sabbahi’s endorsements reached 31,555, the High Presidential Elections Committee (HPEC) announced at a Sunday press conference.

Sisi’s campaign team includes co-founder of Tamarod Mahmoud Badr and former leading member of the April 6 Youth Movement Tarek El-Kholy. The Wafd, Conference and Tagammu parties also announced their support for Sisi.

Meanwhile, the Dostour Party, the Popular Current Party and the Socialist Popular Alliance announced their support for 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 statements in favor of Sisi that some ministers gave to media outlets that were contrary to what the “state impartiality” law dictates, Negeda said.

The final list of approved candidates will be announced by the electoral commission May 2. The first round of presidential elections will be held May 26 and 27, and May 15 and 18 for Egyptians living abroad. The second round of presidential elections, if needed, will be held June 16 and 17.

The Supreme Electoral Committee will accept challenges against its decision on June 19, and the final results of the elections will be announced on June 26.

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