Published: 2018-01-14 17:28
Last Updated: 2018-01-15 09:39
Egyptian MP, chairman of Zamalek Sporting Club, and the lawyer Mortada Mansour announced late Saturday his intentions to run for the Egyptian presidential elections race scheduled in March 2018, during a phone call with a late night talk show on TV.
Mortada, 56-years-old, said he will start collecting the required endorsements on Sunday. “I will go to the House of Representatives on Sunday to talk with the deputies.”
“I will definitely go to the provinces to discuss economic, health, education, and social goals as part of my electoral program.” Mortada’s slogan will be ‘We Must All Work’, he confirmed. “I will choose the lion’s symbol, the lion who fights terrorism.”
He confirmed that his first decision would be to block social networking site Facebook if he won the elections.
During the interview, Mortada went on to say: “One of my priority issues is the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. We should find a definite resolution to this dangerous dam, it will lead to our lands drying up,” referring to what Egyptian officials have deemed a threat to the country’s water security.
However, it is not his first time to run for presidential elections. Mansour announced his intention to run in the 2014 presidential elections before withdrawing and backing El-Sisi.
Mortada’s decision was faced by mocking and controversy, as he is known for his opposition to Egypt’s 2011 revolution, after he described it: “the worst day-ever in Egypt’s history”. Also he is hated by Zamalek's supporting group Ultras White Knights, whom he calls “terrorists”.
While current-President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has not yet announced his candidacy for 2018 Presidential elections, he is widely expected to run for a second term.
El-Sisi won nearly by 97% of the vote in the 2014 presidential elections.
After Mortada’s announcement, he became the third presidential candidate to announce his intention to run for the elections, after former Egyptian Army Chief-of-Staff Sami Anan and rights lawyer Khaled Ali.
Earlier last week, the Former Egyptian Prime Minister, Ahmed Shafiq, withdrew his decision to run for elections, after he was detained in the UAE, where he fled after losing elections in 2012.
Another presidential candidate the lawyer, Khaled Ali, who faces a potential three-month prison sentence, for an alleged rude gesture he made in public last year.
The first round of the presidential elections in Egypt will take place between March 26 and 28, and the second round between April 24 and 26.
And here are some of Egyptians' reactions to Mortada Mansour's decision:
Egyptian MP and chairman of Zamalek SC, Mortada Mansour, to run in the upcoming presidential elections. We'll see if he really intends to run as he might get illuminating dreams again about his formal rival Al-Sisi - like 2014! #Egypt https://t.co/4khpjntrhW— Sofian Naceur (@SofianNaceur) January 14, 2018
pls imagine a presidential meeting between donald trump and mortada mansour— - (@NaddaAllaa) January 14, 2018
— Karina Loren (@miskelayla) January 14, 2018