CAIRO – 2 July 2018: Former presidential candidate Moussa Mostafa Moussa seeks to form a coalition of national opposition to support President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.
“The opposition aims to stand behind President Sisi, combat terrorist acts and find positive solutions for the crises that Egypt faces,” said Moussa on Sunday in a phone interview with “90 Minutes” TV show.
He referred that the 30-political party national opposition coalition will be formed within two weeks.
Moussa is an architect, who ventured into politics at an early age as a member of the Wafd party.
Moussa, who heads the Egyptian Council for Arab Tribes, became the chairperson of Al-Ghad Party in September 2005, following fierce disputes with the party’s founder, Ayman Nour.
Moussasought to succeed President Sisiafterthe presidential election held on March 26-28; however, he praised the progress and achievements made by Sisi over the past4 years.
An 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 in the presidential election.
He received endorsements from 20 Members of Parliament – the majority of them representing Monufia Governorate – required to run in the election.
Moussa’s bid came a few days after President Sisi submitted his candidacy papers to the NEA to run for a second term.
Moussa denied he was running as a "phony" competitor in the presidential election, affirming he didnot take instructions from any governmental institution to join the race.
“I am not a background actor in the 2018 presidential election and no one moves me,” Moussa, chairperson of Al-Ghad Party and last-minute presidential candidate, said in an interview with Egypt Today.