After the expulsion of three major candidates from the presidential race, Abdel Moneim Abouel Fotouh has found himself as one of the leading contenders, due to his crossover appeal that could draw supporters from the expelled Islamist candidates.
Yet as a former member of the Muslim Brotherhood, it is not just with the Islamist vote that Abouel Fotouh will rely on. He is also supported by some liberal voters for his moderate positions and his insistence on citizenship and equal rights. Additionally, as a supporter of the 25 January uprising, he is not considered a supporter of the previous regime, unlike some other candidates. A recent poll conducted for Al-Masry Al-Youm gave Abouel Fotouh 15 percent of the vote — higher than any other candidate.
Abouel Fotouh announced his presidential platform and spoke about it at length during a sit-down with journalists earlier this month. He has based his platform on four main pillars: strong political leadership that puts the country’s interests first, citizenship and personal freedoms, economic revival based on scientific research and health care, and openness to the world based on Egypt’s position as a pivotal country.
But even on more controversial topics, Abouel Fotouh seems to have a clear stance where other candidates are more equivocal.
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