Thu, 09 Nov 2023 - 11:02 GMT
Thu, 09 Nov 2023 - 11:02 GMT
CAIRO – 9 November 2023: Egypt’s Presidential Election Candidate and President of the Egyptian Democratic Social Party Farid Zahran held on Thursday a press conference for his electoral campaign to explain his electoral program ‘that was prepared by a group of experts.’
During the conference, Zahran explained that in case he won the elections, he would prioritize serval decisions to make in the beginning, including limiting the ownership of the state-owned bodies to only major strategic projects, such as: the Suez Canal Authority, iron and steel, the aluminum complex, and the electricity, water and sewage companies. Health services, the exit of state agencies from non-strategic economic sectors.’
He noted that this would give the chance to the private sector without competition.
He pointed out the necessity of rescheduling the debts of Egypt and negotiating with creditors in the debt restructuring initiative for African countries, proposing the principle of exchanging debts for investments, committing the government to a strategy of reducing public debt, and preventing borrowing outside of financing projects with direct economic returns.
He also added that he would be directing all state agencies and institutions towards a national industrial, agricultural, service, social and cultural project, and approving a comprehensive strategic plan for national projects with the aim of employing workers, self-sufficiency and export, and deepening and localizing the industry through an industrial strategy in which all institutions participate.
Zahran noted that he would be forming a new government headed by a ‘prominent economic and political figure’ in case he won the election.
He pointed out that his first decisions include activating the Supreme Council for Digital Transformation, digitizing government services, developing an urgent plan to complete the digitization of all services, and working to remove all obstacles to complete this goal, while approving the principle of transparency and availability of information, and calling for an Arab summit to approve just solutions to the issue of the Palestinian people. Supporting the establishment of a sovereign Palestinian state and building regional integration by activating all Arab, regional and international frameworks.
He stressed the establishment of a commission to combat all forms of discrimination, which would report to the House of Representatives: in accordance with the constitutional entitlement, and enjoy independence, transparency and effectiveness, and obligating all state agencies to assist the commission and establish a prosecution and a specialized court to quickly adjudicate discrimination cases.
Zahran, praised President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s stance in supporting the Palestinian cause and the position of the Egyptian state regarding the cause.
He added in his speech: “I support the current regime in its firm stance towards Palestine and the entry of aid into the Gaza Strip.”
He also praised President Sisi’s statements about rejecting the presence of NATO forces in Gaza.
Mohamed Salem, supervisor of the economic axis of the electoral program for candidate Faried Zahran, said that the vision of the economic axis of the campaign embraces social economics and economic competition.
Salem added in his speech at the press conference that they are adopting a national strategy to deepen industrialization, as well as making room for the private sector.
He pointed out that, in the economic axis of Farid Zahran’s electoral program, they adopted a strategy to combat inflation, reduce debt, and grow investments.
Moataz El-Shenawy, the official spokesman for the electoral campaign of presidential candidate Farid Zahran, said that politics in Egypt must be carried out through legitimate channels, stressing that they are an integral part of the ‘modern Egyptian state.’
He added in his speech at the conference that he belongs politically to the Justice Party, calling on the attendees to adopt changing, stressing that he believes in democracy and the peaceful transfer of power, so the ‘Justice Party’ announced its full support for the presidential candidate Farid Zahran.
He pointed out in his speech that the program is launched through three basic axes, which are: ‘political, social and economic.’
Zahran, 66, is a democratic socialist politician and one of the most prominent leaders of Egypt's 1970s student movement who fought for political reform.
He is also part of the opposition movements calling for democracy and social justice in Egypt and currently serves as Chairman of the opposition Egyptian Social Democratic Party.
Zahran said his electoral program constitutes an integrated civil and democratic alternative with political and economic reform at its core.
Through the program, Zahran said he seeks to guarantee the improvement of people’s living conditions in a short time.