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Egypt opposition candidate Ahmed El Tantawy will not run in presidential election

Presidential hopeful Ahmed El Tantawy said he was not able to collect the necessary endorsements because of an 'institutional obstruction'. EPA

Ahmed El Tantawy, a distinguished Egyptian opposition determine who had been campaigning to qualify for the nation’s coming presidential election, introduced on Friday that he wouldn’t be on the poll.

At a press convention in Cairo, Mr El Tantawy advised supporters that he had not been in a position to collect the 25,000 endorsements essential to qualify as a candidate within the election, set to be held in December.

Presidential hopefuls in Egypt should accumulate both 25,000 standard endorsements from residents in at the least 15 of the nation’s 27 provinces or assist from 20 parliamentary seats. Help from at the least 20 sitting lawmakers generally is a substitute for the 25,000 endorsements.

One in every of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s staunchest critics, Mr El Tantawy’s, in a marketing campaign assertion on Friday, asserted that he was not in a position to accumulate the mandatory endorsements due to an “institutional obstruction”, reiterating claims made in September that supporters have been being barred from notary workplaces all around the nation.

“I’m not withdrawing and we are going to by no means withdraw,” Mr El Tantawy mentioned. “It’s solely a matter of time earlier than the rule of this regime ends and we are able to begin anew.”

Dozens of El Tantawy supporters posted movies on social media in September recounting how they’d been harassed and made to attend for hours whereas making an attempt to file their endorsements – which ultimately, they have been largely not in a position to do.

Mr El Tantawy then started to carry marketing campaign visits at notary workplaces in a bid to strain them to permit his supporters to file endorsements, however to no avail.

The state’s election fee launched an investigation into Mr El Tantawy’s claims and located no proof of foul play, saying delays in submitting endorsements have been on account of technical malfunctions at notary workplaces nationwide.

Nevertheless, Mr El Tantawy mentioned on Friday that there have been greater than 25,000 folks employed by his marketing campaign, mentioning that endorsement from his volunteers alone would have been sufficient to qualify him.

Gamila Ismail, one other standard opposition candidate and head of the leftist Al Dostour occasion, introduced her withdrawal from the presidential race on Wednesday. She had introduced her intention to run final month.

Ms Ismail mentioned that her occasion’s excessive council had determined to chorus from placing forth a candidate for the presidential race.

Mr El Sisi filed his bid for election earlier this month after receiving 1.13 million endorsements and assist from 424 parliamentary seats.

Hazem Omar, head of Egypt’s Republican Individuals’s Get together, filed his bid for the presidential race with the election fee on Friday. Mr Omar was in a position to accumulate a little bit greater than 68,000 citizen endorsements along with assist from 31 parliamentary seats.

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