Calls for early presidential elections in Egypt

Former Egyptian presidential candidate Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh makes unprecedented call for early presidential elections

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh, one of Egypt’s most prominent presidential candidates in the 2012 race, has called for early elections within a year and an independent non-partisan transitional government.

Aboul Fotouh is not the first prominent person to call for early presidential elections, Ayman Nour, another former presidential candidate and renowned politician, also called for early presidential elections in Egypt last May, due to what he called the “new inexperienced politicians ruining the political climate in Egypt.”

Nour’s statement was considered bold by many media outlets, since he was the first to demand such thing after current president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi overthrew democratically elected president Mohamed Morsi.

Ayman Nour examined the political situation in Egypt in a series of articles written on his social media accounts.

Aboul Fotouh, head of the Misr al Kawiya Party (the Strong Egypt Party), also made such a statement in light of recent human rights violations and mass death sentences.

Aboul Fotouh called on President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to transfer his executive powers to the prime minister and legislative powers to the State Council "whose tasks should be limited to modifying defective laws and the issuance of laws relating to the achievement of transitional justice".

"We now live in a Republic of Fear that threatens all opponents through fabricating charges, abductions, forced disappearances, and distortion campaigns to alienate all opposition figures whatever their affiliation," he said.

Misr al Kawiya, an opposition party leader, urged the Ministry of Interior to respect human rights and protect Egypt from the real terrorism dwelling in the conflict stricken Sinai peninsula. He also recommended the issuance of a general amnesty for all opposition leaders and for the president to stop issuing laws in the absence of parliament.

TRTWorld and agencies