It has definitely been a roller coaster ride with changes happening every moment.
At first, there were hundreds of would-be candidates, or at least that’s how many picked up the registration papers. When it came time to file, however, there were only 23. The Supreme Presidential Election Commission (SPEC) slashed the list even further, disqualifying 10 candidates for eligibility issues. Among those who saw their presidential hopes dashed were the wildly popular Salafi preacher Hazem Salah Abu Ismail, the Muslim Brotherhood’s Khairat El Shater, the Mubarak-era Omar Suleiman and longtime opposition figure Ayman Nour.
In this special elections package, Egypt Today and Business Today Egypt bring you background and campaign platforms of each of the candidates along with stances they have shared, in their own words, with the nation. This in addition to exclusive interviews with the forerunners on their visions and plans for the nation and how they will overcome the challenges that face Egypt. The final choice belongs to us.
While all information was correct at press time, the election landscape continues to change, with SPEC to issue the official ballot list after this issue goes to print. To find out how and where you can vote for Egypt’s next president, visit www.elections.eg.
The military veteran believes his army career will aid his bid for presidency
The Nasserist journalist’s humble beginnings make him popular with the working class
Lawyer and labor activist champions social justice
Mohammed Selim El Awa
The moderate Islamist has had a rocky political path so far
Abul Ezz El Hariri
The political veteran talks about the importance of the little man
The former prime minister highlights what the government needs to do to improve Egypt’s future
Hisham El Bastawisi
The judge’s bid for an independent judiciary and his academic background place him as one of the left’s forerunners
Abdel Moneim Abolfotoh
The former Brotherhood member has been hailed for his moderate views
The presidential frontrunner has lofty ambitions for the country, but can he shake off his ties with the old regime?
Does the president of the FJP have time to make a name for himself?
The three unknowns
Meet the lesser-known candidates running for the nation’s top job