A senior member of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood unveiled a bid on Thursday, May 12, to run for the country’s presidential elections.
“I will run as an independent candidate in the coming presidential elections,” Abdel-Moneim Abul-Futuh told Reuters.
“I am not a member of any party now.”
A doctor by profession, Abul-Futuh, 60, is currently secretary-general of the Arab Doctors Union.
He holds an MA in hospital management and an LLM from Cairo University’s Faculty of Law.
Abul-Futuh is a member of the Brotherhood’s Shura Council, but not the 16-member governing body.
By unveiling his presidential bid, Abul-Futuh will join a long list of candidates for Egypt’s top post.
Leading among presidential hopefuls are outgoing Arab League chief Amr Moussa and former chief of the UN nuclear watchdog Mohamed ElBaradei.
A poll published on April 22 in the state-run Ahram newspaper showed Abul-Futuh and Moussa, with the highest voter support at 20 percent, while ElBaradei had 12 percent support.