Aswat Masriya (Cairo)

Egypt: Female TV Personality Plans to Run for Egypt Presidency

Photo: Emad Ahmed/Aswat Masriya
The headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood was torched during last year's protests.

News presenter and activist Bothaina Kamel said on Sunday that she intends to run for Egypt's upcoming presidential elections, adding that she has already begun collecting signatures.

Kamel, who failed to contest the 2012 elections because of lack of support, told Aswat Masriya in a telephone interview that she has also begun taking the required medical tests.

She added that her intention to run for presidency is based on her will to promote women's participation in political life and women's issues in general.

"I wasn't going to run for presidency, but I came under pressure from those concerned with women rights in Egypt," Kamel said.

Egypt will vote for a new president on May 26 and May 27.

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