CAIRO: Four candidates in North Sinai announced Sunday their withdrawal from the second phase of parliamentary elections in solidarity with an Islamist candidate who was murdered in the governorate, Youm7 reported.
“Independent parliament candidates Hamada Sonbol, Shehta Mahmoud, Mohamed Hasanen and I decided not to run the second phase of the parliamentary elections,” Hossam Refaae, one of the candidates who withdrew was quoted by Youm7 Sunday.
He added that coordination to convince the other candidates in North Sinai constituencies to withdraw is taking place.
On Saturday, unidentified gunmen shot Mostafa Abdel Rahman, a candidate for the ultraconservative Salafist Nour party in North Sinai. Eyewitnesses told Youm7 he was killed by two assailants on a motorbike.
Abdel Rahman was the North Sinai secretary general for the Nour party. No group has so far claimed responsibility for the killing.
The Nour party obtained more than 25 percent of the votes in the Muslim Brotherhood-dominated parliamentary election in 2012. However, the party’s popularity among Islamists was badly affected after supporting the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 following a mass protest against his rule.
The second phase of elections will be held Nov. 21 and 22 for voters abroad and on Nov. 22 and 23 for domestic voters. Run-offs will be held Dec. 1 and 2.