Mortada Mansour running for president

At a press conference on Wednesday, attorney Mortada Mansour said he is running in the presidential elections, scheduled to be held on 23 and 24 May.

“Restoring security is the first item on my platform," he said, “for this brings back tourism and investment, boosts the economy and helps the stock market recover."

He also said that he would address unemployment and guarantee equal rights for the Nubians and the Sinai Bedouin like other Egyptian citizens.

“Parliament should not interfere in the judicial and executive branches, as this violates the constitution," he said, stressing that the restructuring of the police force is under the jurisdiction of the executive branch.

Regarding relations with foreign countries, he said it would be based on equal reciprocity.

The transaction will be likewise, that will respect and appreciate all of Egypt's status is known and appreciated," adding that "it will be in the service of the people of Egypt."

Mansour already started collecting signatures from 30,000 citizens, which is required for any candidate to register to run for president. The registration process begins on 10 March and ends on 8 April.

Mansour is one of 25 defendants in the “Battle of the Camel” case, which has been postponed since Mansour filed a request to have the judge presiding over the trial removed. Mansour is accused of orchestrating attacks on protesters in Tahrir Square on 2 February 2011.

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