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Presidential hopeful Khaled Ali said his electoral platform first targets establishing a government based on strong institutions, then improving public health.
During an interview on the privately owned CBC TV channel Saturday, Ali said his campaign is one of the poorest and estimated his savings at only LE11,000.
He said he would reject the title of first lady being given to his wife if he becomes president.
He also said that if people aren’t satisfied with the new constitution, they will take to streets and vote against it in the referendum.
Ali said there is no need for a security solution for any problem in Egypt and that he is against imposing the Emergency Law.
He said he would make the post of interior minister a civil one, cancel military trials and set fixed hours for Interior Ministry employees, as well as minimum and maximum wages.
He said Egyptians’ dignity is a red line and that critics should differentiate between the army and the ruling military council.
Ali referred to a military-religious struggle over power and the need for political balance. He also said there plans to impose religious Sunni regimes in Arab Spring countries to confront the Iranian Shia regime.
Concerning the issue of Ahmed al-Gizawy, an Egyptian lawyer detained in Saudi Arabia, Ali denounced the Egyptian delegation that visited Saudi Arabia after the latter withdrew its ambassador from Cairo.
The Saudi authorities say Gizawy was detained for drugs smuggling, but his family says he was detained because of his criticism of the kingdom and its treatment of Egyptians there. Egyptians' protests at the Saudi Embassy in Cairo led to the ambassador's withdrawal. The Egyptian delegation did not intervene on behalf of Gizawy.
Ali highlighted the necessity of reconsidering relations with other African countries, saying that military intervention must be a last resort to resolve the Nile Basin crisis, in which other countries claim increased shares of Nile water. Egypt currently has the largest share.
Ali said globalization is a method used by major countries to control third world countries.
He said foreign policy should be based on preserving the dignity of Egyptians.
In case of a war between Iran and Israel, Ali said he would support Iran, and in case of war between Iran and Saudi Arabia, he said he would support the latter.
Ali highlighted the importance of increasing health spending and said medicine prices should not be matched with international ones. Medicine should be produced at high quality and low prices, he said, adding that the unemployed should be included under the umbrella of health insurance.
“The smuggled assets of the former regime are an issue that should be followed up on by the Foreign Ministry and not the prosecution,” he said, suggesting that these assets could help support the economy in the near future.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm