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Egyptian leftist politician submits bid to run for president

  • An Egyptian bread vendor rides his bicycle under a giant banner supporting presidential hopeful Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, the country's former military chief, in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, April 18, 2014. El-Sissi is the most likely winner of next month’s vote. He has enjoyed nationwide support in the nine months since he ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. Many Egyptians see him as a potential savior, delivering the nation of some 90 million people from its seemingly countless woes. (AP Photo/Amr

CAIRO: Leftist politician Hamdeen Sabahi officially submitted his bid Saturday to run for Egypt's presidency, making him the second candidate for next month's election alongside former army chief Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, who is widely expected to win.

The election is due to start on May 26-27.

Sabahi, who heads a political alliance called the Popular Current, was a member of parliament during ousted autocrat Hosni Mubarak's years in office and came third in the 2012 election that was won by Mohammad Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Sisi, who led the army overthrow of Morsi in July after mass protests against his rule, is widely expected to win the election as he is viewed by many in the country as the savior of the people who can bring stability to Egypt.

Sabahi submitted the required documents to the presidential election committee after gathering 31,100 endorsements. The required number of endorsements is 25,000.

Sisi submitted his documents last week after gathering 200,000 endorsements.

 
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