CAIRO: Independent candidate and film director Khaled Youssef has garnered an estimated 30,000 votes out of a 50,000 voter constituency of Kafr el-Sheikh, therefore securing a majority and a seat in the new parliament, Youssef told the “Life” program in an interview Tuesday.
The High Elections Committee will announce the official results of the polling on Saturday, Youm7 reported, with run-off elections scheduled to take place in early December for districts that did not yield a simple majority candidate.
Youusef announced his intention to run for office in September 2014, and said then that he would “die of grief” if he failed, adding he had a strong desire to follow in the footsteps of former leading politician Khaled Mohy el-Din, from the same constituency.
Mohy el-Din was a former military officer, and member of the Free Officers who overthrew King Farouk I by a military coup in 1952, and was a leftist politician and member of the People’s Assembly until 2005, one of the factions of the parliament before the dissolution of Shura Council.
Youssef, the protégé of cinema icon Youssef Chahine, has been politically active since the January 25 Revolution in 2011. In 2013, Youssef joined the 50-member committee which was tasked with drafting the constitution, which was adopted in January 2014.
Youssef’s name has been also associated with the National Salvation Front (NSF) formed in November 2012 in opposition to former president Mohamed Morsi’s policies; the front was led by several politicians including Mohamed ElBaradei, Hamdeen Sabbahi and Amr Moussa.
In December 2013, Youssef was attacked near the Media Production City in October 6; he later accused the Muslim Brotherhood and the extreme Salafists of attempting to murder him.