CAIRO: An Egyptian man sewed his mouth shut in protest of what he claimed a parliament candidate running in Egypt’s Delta governorate of Menoufia has “prosecuted him,” Youm7 reported Saturday.
On his Facebook page, Hussein al-Sayed Sherif claimed that Fakhry Tayel, parliament candidate running for Menoufia’s constituency of Tala, has “refused to grant him a license to open a shop.”
After sewing his lips shut, Sherif announced he went on a hunger strike until he is able to meet with Minister of Justice Ahmed al-Zend, to solve his problem.
However, the candidate’s lawyer denied Sherif’s accusations, claiming that other parliamentary candidates could be behind such “smearing campaigns” against his client.
Egyptian 2015 parliamentary elections have been carried out on two phases; the first round held in late October, while the second round was conducted on Nov. 22 and 23. Menoufia was one of 13 governorates of the second phase. Tayel competes with another candidate in the election run-off scheduled to be held on Nov. 30 and Dec.1.
A total of 222 independent parliamentary seats will be available in the second phase, with 2,847 candidates competing in 102 constituencies, the High Election Committee announced earlier this month.
Egypt’s House of Representatives will comprise of 596 members, with 448 to be elected as independents, 120 through the winner-take-all party lists system, with 28 seats to be appointed by the president, HEC said.