Football chief withdraws from Egypt presidential race

Speaking at a press conference in western Cairo on Saturday, Mortada Mansour said that he would throw his weight behind former army chief Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi's bid to run for Egypt's president.

Football chief withdraws from Egypt presidential race

World Bulletin / News Desk

The head of Egypt's Al-Zamalek sporting club on Saturday withdrew his bid to run in the country's presidential election, scheduled for May 26-27.

Speaking at a press conference in western Cairo on Saturday, Mortada Mansour said that he would throw his weight behind former army chief Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi's bid to run for Egypt's president.

"I will give my vote for Field Marshal al-Sisi in the coming election," Mansour said.

Al-Sisi, who led the army to unseat elected president Mohamed Morsi last July, has applied to run for president in next month's election.

Mansour, a lawyer by profession, opened fire at presidential hopeful Hamdeen Sabahi.

"He [Sabahi] is seeking to trigger chaos in the country," Mansour said, in response to the former's intention to scrap a controversial anti-protest law if he is elected president.

Mansour also claimed that the Muslim Brotherhood is supporting Sabahi, a leftist politician, in the presidential election.

The presidential elections are part of a transitional roadmap announced by the army following Morsi's overthrow.

Apart from the referendum on the amended version of the constitution in January, the roadmap also includes presidential and parliamentary elections.

Last Mod: 19 Nisan 2014, 16:09
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Yetnayet
Yetnayet - 5 yıl Before

This is expected. He was not deserve to be Egyptian president. In Ethiopia there is a saying "yemayategib enjera kemitadu yastawikal." Literally mean "a bread that will not satisfy can be known from its baking pan". Now I also hope he will resign from leading the great football club.