Egypt Independent

Leftist activist to announce presidential bid

Activist Khaled Ali said on his Twitter account Monday that he will hold a conference at the Journalists Syndicate on Monday at 6 pm to announce he is running for president.

Ali’s campaign page on Facebook has reached 2,285 members. The campaign also launched a website for Ali under the slogan “We will achieve our dream.”

Ali, head of the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights, recently turned 40, making him eligible to run for president. He was born in Daqahlia and received his degree from Zagazig University’s law school.

A prominent human rights activist, Ali was one of the founders of the Hisham Mubarak Law Center and founder of the coordinating committee for defending rights and syndicate freedoms.

He also founded the Front for the Defense of Egyptian Protesters, which has been offering legal support to peaceful protesters since April 2008. He received the Egyptian Fighter Against Corruption award in 2011 from the Egyptians Against Corruption movement.

Translated from Al-Masry Al-Youm