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Mortada Mansour to run for president in Zamalek Club elections

The ex-president of Zamalek Sporting Club, and former parliamentarian, Mortada Mansour announced that he will run in the club’s upcoming elections.

Mansour said in a video on his Facebook page: “I will not fail the millions of the great Zamalek club fans, nor the members of the General Assembly who are asking me to run once again and restore my natural position in the club’s presidency.”

Al-Masry Al-Youm learned that Mansour will officially run in the upcoming elections with a strong list that will be a surprise to everyone, soon to be announced.

The Minister of Youth and Sports, Ashraf Sobhi announced that Mansour has the right to run in the elections, and there is nothing to prevent him from running for the club’s presidency.

Mansour will hold a press conference on Tuesday to announce the details of his position in the elections.

In May, The State Council’s Administrative Court ruled to cancel the decision of the Egyptian Olympic Committee to suspend Mansour from sports-related activities for a period of four years.

The Egyptian Olympic Committee in October suspended Mansour from his post as Zamalek’s president and banned him from entering stadiums. It also handed him a four-year ban from sports-related activities and fined him LE100,000.

Mansour had appealed against all these decisions before the State Council’s Administrative Court.

The court in May said that its ruling doesn’t affect the decision of Egypt’s Youth and Sports Ministry in late November to suspend and exclude Zamalek’s board.

Mansour is still eligible to run for the Zamalek presidency elections scheduled for November.

Mansour is a controversial figure who held the presidency of Zamalek and a seat in the Egyptian House of Representatives, both of which he lost in 2020.

In November, Mansour lost reelection to parliament after coming in sixth in the Mit Ghamr race. He claimed the elections were rigged and has appealed the results in court.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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