The Arabist

The Arabist

By Issandr El Amrani and friends.

The Race for the Presidency

This Egyptian presidential election is shaping up to be a real circus, and we're still about 10 months out. Al Sharq Al Awsat reported today that a fourth person, Yissry Al Sayid Mitwali, has announced his intention to run. He's an engineer with no political affiliations from an Alexandria textile factory.

It gets better however. Al Hayat's Muhammad Salah reports today that a Web site belonging to the "Peaceful Popular Front to Save Egypt" has launched a campaign urging Amr Moussa, the Arab League's Secretary General, to run for president of Egypt. Moussa has yet to respond.

So the candidate count to date includes: Saad Eddin Ibrahim, Nawal Al Saadawi, Muhammad Farid Hassanein, Yissry Al Sayid Mitwalli, and... we're waiting for a response from Amr Moussa. But I wouldn't hold my breath on that last one. I have a suspicion that running for president in Egypt is going to become the chic thing to do in 2005.