World Bulletin / News Desk
Just a few days after being elected chairman of one of Egypt's most successful football clubs, the head of the Al-Zamalek footballl team is planning to run in Egypt's forthcoming presidential election.
"I have decided to run in the coming presidential election," Mortada Mansour told Anadolu Agency in an interview on Thursday.
"If I won the elections, I would be a president for 'all Egyptian sporting clubs'," he added.
Mansour, a lawyer by profession, said he will not withdraw from the presidential race for former army chief Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi.
"I do not need Egypt's top office," said Mansour, who was elected chairman of Al-Zamalek club last week. "I only want to fulfill the needs of the Egyptians."
The Al-Zamalek club chairman denied that his presidential bid aims to cause cracks in the voting blocs of al-Sisi and his leftist rival Hamdeen Sabahi.
"I have my own fans and supporters," he said.
Mansour said that his electoral program, which is expected to be announced on Sunday, will be based on the "respect of law".
The veteran lawyer vowed to halt protests in Egypt for a year "in order to give a chance for the economy and tourism to recover".
"I will also enforce the law on everybody, including the Muslim Brotherhood, Christians, political activists and policemen," Mansour said.
Egypt's presidential election is scheduled to be held on May 26 and 27, the first since last summer's ouster of president Mohamed Morsi by the military.Last Mod: 04 Nisan 2014, 10:05