Electoral campaigns start with Twitter hashtags
Both presidential candidates Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and Hamdeen Sabbahi - YOUM7(Archive)

CAIRO: The two presidential candidates Field Marshal Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and Hamdeen Sabbahi launched Twitter hashtags in an early start to their electoral campaigns on Saturday, Youm7 reported.

Sisi’s launched a hashtag called #LongLiveEgypt (in Arabic), while Sabbahi’s hashtag is #WeWillContinuetheDream.

“I promise to work hard, and I demand that everybody take responsibility with me. Building this country is the responsibility of us all,” Sisi said on his Twitter account.

Renowned poet Abdel Rahman al-Abnoudi also tweeted a short poem on #LongLiveEgypt in support of Sisi.

“Determination will enable Egyptians to unite for stability, security and hope for all,” Sisi continued on the hashtag, in English.

On the other hand, several people expressed support for Sabbahi through his hashtag.

“We want to build a country that expresses the goals of our revolution. My vote is for Hamdeen Sabahi,” member of Hamdeen Sabahi’s electoral campaign Mohamed Abdel Aziz tweeted on Sabbahi’s hashtag.

A few minutes after launching the #LongLiveEgypt hashtag, about 5,000 people participated in it. Most of their tweets were suggestions and wishes for Sisi in the presidential elections, Al-Fagr reported.

The former presidential candidate Amr Moussa was the first public figure to tweet on the #LongLiveEgypt hashtag, which was launched at midnight, Al-Ahram reported.

“Egypt can return to its role in serving Egyptians, leading the region and playing its role internationally. Diligence, hard work and loyalty to Egypt is the key, and I call on all Egyptians to work hard,” Moussa tweeted.

The High Presidential Elections Committee will decide on Saturday on Sabbahi’s violation in holding an urgent meeting, in which he announced his platform before the scheduled time, Al-Fagr reported.

Additional reporting by Mohamed Reda.

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