Health Ministry investigates use of its cars in campaigning for Shafiq

Health Minister Fouad al-Nawawy ordered Monday an immediate investigation into allegations that the supporters of presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq used ministry cars in 6th of October City to campaign for him.

The minister vowed to take legal action against those who did so and refer them for investigation.

The ministry issued a memo on Monday telling all its departments not to interfere in the elections and to maintain neutrality.

The Giza Health Affairs Directorate, the National Center for Blood Transfusion Services and Egypt Ambulance denied transferring the supporters of any presidential candidate in their cars.

Free Egyptians Party MP Basel Adel submitted a request for information to the health minister regarding reports that five cars belonging to the ministry’s blood bank transferred Shafiq supporters carrying pictures of him to a hotel in 6th of October City Saturday to attend a rally there.

He asked the minister to open an urgent investigation into the incident and bring those responsible to account if the vehicles do belong to the Health Ministry.

Adel said that this incident is reminiscent of practices of the dissolved National Democratic Party, which used state resources to support its candidates in elections. He stressed that such practices are unacceptable after the revolution.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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