Egyptian human rights lawyer and opposition leader Khaled Ali speaks during a news conference about the upcoming 2018 presidential elections at his office in Cairo, Egypt January 11, 2018. Picture taken January 11, 2018. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
CAIRO - 23 January 2018: Reports have claimed potential presidential candidate Kahled Ali will not run for the 2018 Presidential election due in March.
However, the spokesperson of Ali's Presidential campaign Hala Fouda told Egypt Today that no decision has been taken yet, saying "we are in continuous meetings. The decision will be announced soon."
Also, the official Facebook page of Ali's presidential campaign posted that a meeting will be held in the coming few hours to decide their position on the election.
This came few hours after former armed forces chief of staff Sami Anan
by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) over crimes of “forgery,” since he "illegally" announced his intention to run for 2018 presidential election.
Ali is the second potential candidate who retreated back from the presidential bid; on 7 January, 7, 2018, former Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Shafik says on his Twitter account that he will not run for president in the upcoming election.