Egyptian politician calls for early presidential elections

Egyptian politician and former presidential candidate Ayman Nour calls for early presidential elections in Egypt

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Ayman Nour, former presidential candidate and renowned politician, has called for early presidential elections in Egypt, due to what he called “new inexperienced politicians ruining the political climate in Egypt.”

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

In a series of articles written on Ayman Nour’s social media accounts, he examined the political situation in Egypt and was contacted by other writers presenting counter points to the ones he presents, including Egyptian writer Wael Kandil.

Wael Kandil was banned from writing in several major Egyptian newspapers after he publicly voiced his support for deposed president Morsi and was outspoken in his views of what he describes as a “textbook military coup”.

Kandil said if Nour wants early presidential elections, that means he acknowledges the legitimacy of the current president, whom he claims should not be dealt with as a president but rather a former army general who took the place of the elected president.

In response to Kandil’s comments, Nour said that there will be no “crying over spilt milk” and that even if he does not acknowledge the legitimacy of Sisi, he’d rather deal with reality and start fixing what could be salvaged.

“The current government is based on values similar to those of Israel’s, I may not support Israel in anyway imaginable, but I’m forced to acknowledge it, its existence, same goes for Sisi’s government,” said Nour in his article.

Ayman Nour was the first politician to run for presidency alongside ousted president Mohamed Hosni Mubarak in 2005, under whose rule he briefly served jail time. He also ran in 2012 and is now leading a political party named “Ghad Al Thawra” (Revolution’s Future).