Egyptian General Ahmed Shafik is likely to stand as a candidate in the next presidential election, the National Movement Party revealed on Friday. According to a report on Alarab-news.com website, he decided to stand having served and fought for the state for many years.
A number of Egyptian opposition figures and groups announced on Monday their support for human rights lawyer and former presidential candidate Khaled Ali in the upcoming presidential elections which are set to be held in mid-2018.
Egyptian political parties and National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) said yesterday that 30 members have been arrested at some governorates, last week.
For the sake of guaranteeing a democratic and appropriate political atmosphere for the upcoming presidential elections in 2018, the “Presidential Team” initiative called on the current government to follow a number of rules to reach a free and fair electoral atmosphere.
After the ‘Presidential Team’ initiative announced on Saturday their demands in order to run for 2018 presidential elections, political expert Gehad Ouda questions the seriousness of their intentions to run for elections.
Next year’s elections were recently brought to the forefront after prominent political activist and former presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabahy called for all political factions to unite and choose a candidate for the upcoming presidential elections.
Former presidential candidate and founder of the National Popular Movement, Hamdeen Sabahi, announced on Friday his call for a national coalition to unify political support to one candidate in the next presidential elections, during the general conference of the movement and Al Karama Party.
President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi asserted on Thursday that he will only run for the upcoming presidential election in 2018 if the Egyptians are seeking this, during a televised interview with the US based TV channel FOX news, noting that dictatorship has no longer a place in Egypt.
Parliament’s Legislative and Constitutional Affairs Committee has approved a bill which grants the president powers to appoint Egypt’s top judicial posts. The decision, which affects all judicial branches, has been decried as a blow to the independence of the judiciary.
Following his referral to the disciplinary committee over allegations of offending Parliament Speaker Ali Abdul Aal during Sunday’s general session, member of parliament (MP) Haitham El-Hariri said Monday that he was ready to pay any harsh price for defending his political stances in the parliament.