Tweets of Sisi's presidential opponent 'bizarre' ahead of platform release



Tue, 06 Feb 2018 - 11:59 GMT


Tue, 06 Feb 2018 - 11:59 GMT

Moussa Mostafa Moussa among his supporters on January 29, 2018 - Egypt Today

Moussa Mostafa Moussa among his supporters on January 29, 2018 - Egypt Today

CAIRO – 6 February 2018: Central Liberal el-Ghad Party is expected to announce new bylaw, platform and official structure of the presidential campaign of Moussa Mostafa Moussa before February 24 when the electoral campaigning will officially start. Popular conferences will be held in several governorates.

Presidential candidate Moussa Mostafa Moussa has revealed that his official campaign will be formed soon, in addition to the campaign’s bylaw that will regulate tasks and responsibilities of each campaign member.

“The official campaign’s structure will be announced before February 24, along with the electoral platform and several proposals to many existed problems,” Moussa told Egypt Today.

Moussa stressed that he will urge the citizens to take part in the presidential election, adding, “the boycott calls are valueless and they won’t affect the Egyptian people who are fully aware of the public interest.”

Bizarre statements

Social media users have made fun of Moussa for his controversial and bizarre social media posts and statements. Egypt Today spots light on these bizarre tweets and statements.

Moussa created his official twitter account on January 28, one day before the official closure of submitting candidacy for the presidential election to the National Election Authority (NEA).

moussa twitter
Few hours after submitting his candidacy request to the NEA on January 29, Moussa tweeted that the wage’s minimum rate for each young man should not be less than “LE 10,000 and the state mechanisms must be fully exploited to solve the country’s economic problems within six months.”

Moussa gave different statements over the minimum wage that young employees deserve. As mentioned above, his first related remark was about LE. 10,000.

moussa 10.000 salary

Few hours later, he defended the youth’s right to live a better life and said young employees must not receive less than LE 18,000 per month in his interview with Egypt Today.

In the same day, Moussa said in an interview on Sada el-Balad channel that each young employee’s salary should not be less than LE 23,000.

One day later, Moussa retreated from all these salary-related statements during his interview on DMC channel with anchorwoman Eman el-Hosary.

moussa retreat

During his first official speech as a presidential candidate, Moussa stressed that he won’t allow reaching any reconciliation with the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group.

“My stance over the Muslim Brotherhood is the same as that of all Egyptians. No compromises, no retreat, no tolerance,” Moussa stipulated, asserting that his program is based on the inclusion of all social segments whose cooperation and solidarity is a must in the current intricate phase Egypt is going through.

Moussa's statement on the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood refers to most of Egyptians' rejection of any reconciliation or pardoning of its leaders and members for its terrorist acts against civilians and security forces.

Brotherhood tweet

One day later, Moussa tweeted that he “is willing to withdraw from the presidential election if one million votes go for this choice in the poll” that he has proposed on his official website.

moussa election poll

Moussa follows a “fake account” attributed to President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi which is not verified and followed only by less than 100 twitter users. Following Sisi’s “fake twitter account” does not give a positive impression according to experts.

moussa sisi twitter fake

On February 1, Moussa used #هنفوضك_تاني_ياسيسي hashtag which is used by Sisi’s supporters to express their willing to vote for another four-year term for Sisi as Egypt’s President. Observers believed this behavior should not be made by rivals.

moussa -sisi tany

In a not surprising tweet, Moussa asked his twitter followers to participate in a poll. The poll asks “to whom shall you vote in the presidential election?” The surprise was the arrangement of the candidates written by Moussa, who is one of the two official presidential candidates.

The poll gives three options to choose from. The first one is “Abdel Fatah al-Sisi”, while the second is “Moussa Mostafa Moussa.” Logically, Moussa should have written his name first, not Sisi’s name as a first choice,” experts said on social platforms.

moussa poll

On February 2, Moussa made a fatal mistake as he misspelled the name of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi in Arabic.

Moussa -sisi misspelling
Lawyer Tarek al-Awady told Egypt Today that Moussa may not be running in the presidential election because he does not meet the education eligibility standards. Mousa affirmed many times that he holds an MA in architecture from a French university and it has been already certified by the Foreign Ministry.

The Supreme Administrative will issue its final decision in this regard within a few days according to al-Awady.

As an insistence on being a controversial person, Moussa’s first official electoral song is stolen from the famous 90's era operetta of Hosni Mubarak “Ekhtarnah” (We Chose Him).

moussa song

300 headquarters nationwide

“Legal procedures needed to regulate the electoral campaigning period are completely respected by all the members of the campaign,” said Ghad Party’s Deputy Chief Hussein Abu Saddam.

Hussein manifested to Egypt Today that Ghad Party will hold 10 conferences during the campaigning period with the participation of Arab tribes’ members and partisan figures across the country.

“Moussa is a real candidate engaging into a fierce competition in the presidential election,” stressed Moussa campaign’s coordinator Mahmoud Moussa.

Mahmoud pointed out that the Ghad Party will uncover the platform and practical steps within days. “Ghad Party’s 25 headquarters across the country deem as Moussa campaign’s headquarters, in addition to other small headquarters in villages and small towns,” Mahmoud told to Egypt Today.

“The Egyptian Council for Arab Tribes’ 300 headquarters welcome to be the headquarters of the electoral campaign of Moussa,” Mahmoud said.

Mahmoud disclosed that unidentified persons have created pages and accounts on social platforms on behalf of Moussa. “Ghad Party will sue those people.”

Moussa’s program is aligned with the social capitalism ideology which he seeks to promote among youth, he said. He clarified that he would cooperate with “respectful” qualified parliament members to develop and accomplish different plans.

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Moussa Mostafa Moussa among his supporters after submitting his candidacy request to the National Election Authority on January 29, 2018- Egypt Today

In an interview with DMC channel, Moussa revealed that he is a fan of Al-Ahly Sporting Club and his favorite football player is Mahmoud el-Khateeb, the incumbent president of Al-Ahly SC.

“President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi enjoys a sweeping popularity so many don’t accept the idea of being a rival to Sisi,” Moussa said. He indicated that he speaks three languages; Arabic, English and French.

Moussa’s presidential campaign announced earlier that the Farmers Syndicate and the Arab Tribes Council have voiced their support to Moussa in the presidential race.

One hour before the deadline of submitting the candidacy application to the National Election Authority (NEA) on January 29, Moussa’s lawyer submitted his application to stand for the presidential election scheduled to be held by the end of March.

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and Chairperson of El-Ghad Party Moussa Mostafa Moussa are the only announced potential candidates for the presidential election which is due in March.

“After the withdrawal of other candidates, we questioned how the situation would be. We are working on behalf of Egypt and not on behalf of anyone else. I fully realize the problems of Egyptians, and we have out-of-the-box solutions that we are going to present as proposed programs,” Moussa stated in a press conference on January 29.

Moussa, Chairperson of al-Ghad Party, received endorsements from 20 Members of Parliament- the majority of them represent Monufia Governorate- required to run in the election.

Moussa’s bid came a few days after President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi submitted his candidacy papers to the NEA to run for a second term.

Voting in the 2018 presidential election in Egypt will commence on March 26, as announced by the NEA on January 8. Sixty million eligible voters will cast their ballots in the election between March 26 and 28 in Egypt, while Egyptians living abroad will vote between March 16 and 18.

Sixty million eligible voters will cast their ballots in the election between March 26 and 28 in Egypt, while Egyptians living abroad will vote between March 16 and 18.



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