The liberal Republican People's Party, which includes several former ministers, such as former Housing Minister Hasaballah al-Kafrawi and former Deputy Prime Minister Yehya al-Gamal, has announced its support for Amr Moussa in the presidential election slated for 23 and 24 May.
At a party news conference on Thursday, which was attended by Moussa, Gamal said the party was formed to support pluralism and produce a balance vis-a-vis the majority that won the recent parliamentary elections.
The party was founded in 1992 and frozen in 1999 due to a conflict over its presidency.
Kafrawi said Moussa is the leader of the national dream after the revolution. “He is the only one of the candidates that you could bet on,” he said.
Moussa expressed his appreciation for the party’s support. “The principles and objectives of the party are positively moderate compared to other parties,” he said.
Also attending the conference were Mostafa al-Saeed, the former minister of economy and Fathi al-Shali, assistant foreign minister for European affairs, as well as representatives of Al-Azhar, the Coptic Church and the Nubian community.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm