Egyptian presidential hopeful pulls out of race

Last Updated: Monday, March 26, 2012 - 00:18

Cairo: A top Egyptian politician has decided
to withdraw from the presidential election in May due to
failure to build a political consensus around his candidature.

75-year-old Mansour Hassan, the former head of the
Advisory Council to the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed
Forces (SCAF) that governs the country, has said he will not
run for president, citing a lack of support due to divisions
between the political forces over his candidature.

"Political forces that had announced their endorsement of
me were divided," he said. "Other groups informed me they will
not be able to endorse me due to internal conflicts," he said
in a statement.

His joining in the race had coincided with a political
debate over the need for a consensus candidate.
He said after reassessing the circumstances, he realised
he would not be able to achieve the political consensus he
believes in.

"What assists me in my decision is the presence of
several respectful [presidential] hopefuls," he added.
Hassan was appointed by the SCAF in November as head of
its civilian Advisory Council, which was tasked with providing
guidance to the generals in the post Mubarak transitional
period.

The SCAF accepted his resignation earlier this month when
he expressed his intention to run for president.

There was growing speculation at the time that he would
be backed by both the military and the Islamists that dominate
Parliament.

Two weeks ago, the Wafd Party`s supreme board announced
its endorsement of Hassan, only two days after its executive
bureau an internal body subsidiary to the supreme board ?
had decided to support former Arab League Secretary General
Amr Moussa for the polls.

Hassan was a stalwart of former President Anwar Sadat’s
regime. Also Mahmoud al-Sharif pulled out from the race. He
was a former minister of Municipal Administration.

Egypt is set to hold its presidential election from May
23-24 to find a successor to the ousted Egyptian dictator
Hosni Mubarak.

PTI



First Published: Monday, March 26, 2012 - 00:18

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