World Bulletin / News Desk
Campaigners for leftist presidential hopeful Hamdeen Sabahi on Tuesday criticized several Egyptian cabinet ministers for publicly declaring support for former army chief Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, 60, who officially applied to run for president one day earlier.
"The campaign's legal consultant will file an official complaint to [Prime Minister] Ibrahim Mahlab against a number of his ministers who have announced their support for al-Sisi in the upcoming presidential race," Sabahi campaign spokesman Ahmed al-Beheiri said.
"This is a clear violation of the principle of equidistance [from all candidates] that should be maintained by state apparatuses towards the election process," he added.
Al-Beheiri said Sabahi campaigners would file a formal complaint against Tourism Minister Hisham Zaa'zou, Local Development Minister Adel Labib and Youth and Sports Minister Khaled Abdel-Aziz, all of whom have officially endorsed al-Sisi in recent media appearances.
"The campaign calls on the prime minister to investigate these incidents and take measures to prevent them from reoccurring in order to guarantee transparent campaigning," al-Beheiri said.
On Monday, al-Sisi formally submitted the documents needed to register his presidential candidacy to Egypt's presidential elections commission.
Egypt's recently-approved constitution makes it necessary for presidential hopefuls to collect written endorsements from 25,000 citizens in order to run in presidential polls.
Egypt plans to hold parliamentary elections following presidential polls – the latter of which are slated for May 26-27 – according to the terms of a transitional roadmap imposed by the army following last July's ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi.
According to an al-Sisi campaign source, some 300,000 people have officially endorsed the former top general's candidacy.
Sabahi, considered al-Sisi's main electoral rival, has yet to submit his candidacy application.Last Mod: 15 Nisan 2014, 13:50