Hosni Mubarak and his son to run for Egyptian presidential elections

Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak.

Former Egyptian president, Hosni Mubarak, and his son, Gamal Mubarak, have declared their intention to run alongside 23 potential candidates for the upcoming presidential elections in April.

More than 20 candidates have officially announced their intention to run for the next elections in March, including President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafik, Hamdeen Sabahi, the lawyer Khalid Ali – who was found guilty of violation public decency, Muhammad Anwar Al-Sadat – who announced he had dropped out earlier this month, as well as the former President Muhammad Hosni Mubarak and his son Gamal Mubarak.

The presidential vote is set to be held on March 26-28, with a run-off on April 24-26.

Candidates must register between January 20 and 29.

The Egyptian Constitution requires all those who wish to run for the Presidency of the Republic to obtain 25,000 power of attorneys from at least 15 Egyptian governorates, or a recommendation from at least 20 MPs.

Last week, Egypt’s parliament approved a cabinet reshuffle including four new ministers, only two months ahead of the scheduled presidential election.

The reshuffle included the appointment of Abu Bakr al-Gendi as minister for local development, Rania al-Mashat as tourism minister, Enas Abdeldayem as culture minister, and Khaled Badawy as public enterprise minister.

Two new ministry deputies were also appointed in the reshuffle.

Egypt’s last cabinet reshuffle was in February last year and included new investment and agriculture ministers.

Egypt’s first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi, has been in prison since July 2013 since his removal via a military coup, along with hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood members and activists.

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