Chairperson of El Ghad Party Moussa Mostafa Moussa in a press conference after running for Presidetial election, on Monday, 29 January 2018- Egypt Today/Hussein Tallal
CAIRO – 23 July 2018: Former presidential candidate Moussa Mostafa Moussa will hold a meeting in the upcoming period to finalize the document regulating the coalition of national opposition to support President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and submit it to MPs, politicians and public figures.
Moussa told Egypt Today that the coalition will not be a party coalition as it will depend on a national document, referring that the coalition will oppose any action hindering Egypt’s progress and will participate in the projects under discussion to advance the country's development.
“The opposition aims to stand behind President Sisi, combat terrorist acts and find positive solutions for the crises that Egypt faces,” Moussa earlier said in a phone interview with “90 Minutes” TV show.
He referred that the 30-political party national opposition coalition will be formed within two weeks.
Moussa is an architect, who ventured into politics at an early age as a member of the Wafd party.
Moussa, who heads the Egyptian Council for Arab Tribes, became the chairperson of Al-Ghad Party in September 2005, following fierce disputes with the party’s founder, Ayman Nour.
Moussa sought to succeed President Sisi after the presidential election held on March 26-28, 2018; however, he praised the progress and achievements made by Sisi over the past4 years.
An hour before the deadline of submitting the candidacy application to the National Election Authority (NEA) on January 29, Moussa’s lawyer submitted his application to stand in the presidential election.
He received endorsements from 20 Members of Parliament – the majority of them representing Monufia Governorate – required to run in the election.
Moussa’s bid came a few days after President Sisi submitted his candidacy papers to the NEA to run for a second term.
Moussa denied he was running as a "phony" competitor in the presidential election, affirming he didnot take instructions from any governmental institution to join the race.
“I am not a background actor in the 2018 presidential election and no one moves me,” Moussa, chairperson of Al-Ghad Party and last-minute presidential candidate, said in an interview with Egypt Today.