Pres­i­den­tial Team mem­ber ar­rested af­ter ini­tia­tive’s elec­tions an­nounce­ment

The ini­tia­tive had ear­lier con­demned the po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion in Egypt and listed de­mands to run for 2018 elec­tions

The Daily News Egypt - - Politics - By Farah Bah­gat

Mem­ber of the “Pres­i­den­tial Team” ini­tia­tive Ahmed Hefny was ar­rested on Monday in the Port Said gover­norate and was ac­cused of “mis­use of a so­cial me­dia web­site”, in­sult­ing the pres­i­dent of Egypt, and join­ing an il­le­gal or­gan­i­sa­tion, ac­cord­ing to a Pres­i­den­tial Team state­ment.

“It is as if the regime is re­spond­ing to the de­mands of the ini­tia­tive by ar­rest­ing our col­league to con­vey a mes­sage and prove that it [the state] is push­ing the coun­try to­wards sim­u­lated elec­tions,” the state­ment read.

On Satur­day, the ini­tia­tive had an­nounced a list of de­mands in or­der to run in the 2018 pres­i­den­tial elec­tions, which in­cluded es­tab­lish­ing a na­tional elec­tions com­mit­tee su­per­vised by the ju­di­ciary,end­ing the state of emer­gency, al­low­ing in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tions to su­per­vise elec­tions, al­low­ing cam­paign con­fer­ences to be held without se­cu­rity per­mis­sion,and re­leas­ing all po­lit­i­cal de­tainees as well as de­fen­dants in cases of free­dom of ex­pres­sion.

How­ever, the Pres­i­den­tial Team added that “de­spite all neg­a­tive in­di­ca­tors, the ini­tia­tive will wait for an ap­pro­pri­ate amount of time be­fore an­nounc­ing its fi­nal de­ci­sion con­cern­ing run­ning for [2018] elec­tions.”

In 2016, for­mer pres­i­den­tial ad­viser and plan­e­tary sci­en­tist Es­sam Heggy an­nounced the es­tab­lish­ment of the Pres­i­den­tial Team ini­tia­tive, which would in­clude“sev­eral Egyp­tian revo­lu­tion­ar­ies” to run in the 2018 elec­tions.

Heggy ex­plained in a state­ment that the main pur­pose of this ini­tia­tive was to end the poor con­di­tions of sor­did poverty,ig­no­rance,and dis­ease,through achiev­ing high lev­els of ed­u­ca­tion and health­care, in ad­di­tion to es­tab­lish­ing a civil state that em­ploys young ex­perts to achieve progress.

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