MP Mortada Mansour will not stand for 2018 presidential election

Egypt Today

Parliamentarian and head of Zamalek Sports Club Mortada Mansour announced on Saturday that he will not run for the 2018 Presidential election due in March, Akhbar al-Youm newspaper reported. The 65-year-old parliamentarian abstained from giving further details on his withdrawal, noting that the reasons will be announced later in a press conference.

On January 13, Mansour had announced his intention to run for the presidential bid, telling TV host Ahmed Mousa on Ala Mas’oliety talk show on Sada al-Balad Channel that he will collect signatures of Parliament members to back his nomination. However, Most of MPs backed the nomination of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, who submitted his candidacy application to run for a second term.

Mansour is the third person withdrew from the presidential race. Two other potential candidates (lawyer Khaled Ali and former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq) withdrew from the presidential bid and former military chief of staff Sami Anan was disqualified over charges of “forgery”. Only two potential presidential candidates, namely President Sisi and Wafd Party leader El-Sayyid el-Badawi, entered the presidential race.

The presidential election was set to take place March 26-28, with a possible run-off scheduled for April 24-26. If no run-offs are necessary, the winner will be announced on April 2.