8 candidates officially submitted documents, week before registration ends

Sunday, April 01, 2012 7:17 PM 
Potential presidential candidates - Photos from Reuters and al-Shorouk newspaper

Eight Egyptian citizens have officially submitted their presidential candidacy documents to the High Presidential Elections Commission (HPEC) where the list will be announced on April 9. The list of final candidates is expected to be announced on April 26 after appeals are finalized.

Candidates, endorsed by political parties, who submitted their documents:

Ahmed Mohamed Awad Ali (National Party)

Aboul Ezz Al-Hariri (Popular Socialist Coalition Party)

Mohamed Fawzi Eissa (Democratic Generation Party)

Hossam Khairallah (Democratic Peace Party)

Hisham Al-Bastawisi (National Progressive Unionist Party)

Candidates with 30, 000 recommendations (or more):

Amr Moussa

Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh

Hazem Salah Abu Ismail

Candidates who intend to run for president but are yet to sumbit their documents include:

Hamdeen Sabahi (founder of the Karama Party and former Member of Parliament)

Ayman Nour (founder of the Ghad Party and former Member of Parliament)

Ahmed Shafiq (former Prime Minister)

Selim Al-Awa (Islamic scholar)

Khaled Ali (labor activist, rights lawyer)

Bothaina Kamel (journalist)

Abdullah Al-Ashaal (international law expert)

Mohamed Al-Nashaei (science expert)

Mamdouh Qutb (former Intelligence Chief)

Mohamed Al-Omda (Member of Parliament)

Bassem Khafagi (Islamic scholar)

Mortada Mansour (former head of the Zamalek Sports Club)

Former candidates who withdrew from the race include:

Mohamed ElBaradei (Former Director of the International Atomic Energy Agency and Nobel Peace Prize winner)

Mansour Hassan (Head of the ruling military’s Advisory Council and former Information Minister)

Yehia Hussein (National Front for Change leader)

Mahmoud Sherif (former governmental minister)

Meanwhile, The Muslim Brotherhood nominated businessman Khairat Al-Shater for president at a press conference on Saturday evening and reports of former Intelligence Chief Omar Suleiman running for presidency have circulated.

Article 28 of the constitution disallows appeals against the HPEC supervising the elections which raises questions over the transparency of the process.

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