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Egyptian Whistleblower, Mohamed Ali, Announces Movement to Oust Sisi

Film producer and real-estate investor Mohamed Ali Abdel Khaleq at a press conference in London organised by Egypt Watch on 20 November 2019 [Middle East Monitor]
Film producer and real-estate investor Mohamed Ali Abdel Khaleq at a press conference in London organised by Egypt Watch on 20 November 2019 (Photo: Middle East Monitor)

After instigating protests across Egypt last September, Mohamed Ali is spearheading a new movement to restore democracy to Egypt and bring down Egypt’s President Sisi.

Former Egyptian army building contractor and actor, Mohamed Ali, who sparked an outpouring of street protests across Egypt last September with his accusations of government corruption, announced the launch of his own political initiative dedicated to protect Egyptian democracy and preserve the country’s economy.

Ali’s announcement came at a London press conference organized by the London-based Egyptian Watch on Wednesday where he claimed his new movement will involve all Egyptian opposition parties and he hopes will bring about the fall of current Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

Last September Mohamed Ali accused Sisi and Egyptian army generals of wasteful spending and financial corruption pertaining to a series of lavish presidential palaces allegedly built for the exclusive use of Sisi and his family. Ali made the accusations while in self-imposed exile in Spain through a series of videos broadcast on Facebook and Twitter. In the videos, he appealed to the Egyptian public to take to the streets and demand accountability from President Sisi.

Mohamed Ali specifically accused Sisi of spending millions on the luxury presidential palaces and hotels while Egyptian citizens suffered through poverty. Ali worked as a building contractor with the Egyptian military for more than 15 years before he showed up on social media, alleging the complicity by the Sisi regime.

In response, during a televised public appeal President Sisi denied the palaces were built for himself, but rather for all of Egypt.

According to the Guardian, at the London launch of his political initiative, Mohamed Ali announced he would not be the leader of a new movement but rather a coordinator or facilitator while mentioning the potential involvement of the Muslim Brotherhood, the April 6 Movement and Egyptian liberals.

Ali described his plan for the movement as being a “comprehensive road map for reform to rescue Egypt” and that he would consider putting his plan before Egypt in the form of a referendum.

Among the issues Mohamed Ali wants to bring awareness to is the situation of political female detainees in Egypt. He cited Aysha Alshater, daughter of the now-imprisoned Khayrat Alshater, an Islamic Brotherhood senior member, as an example.

At the press conference, Ali warned that if President Sisi refuses to leave office the people of Egypt will revolt against him, forcing him to step down.

The protests last September were the first of Egypt’s kind since Sisi took office after toppling former late Islamist president Mohammad Morsi under mass pressure during the June 2013 revolution. The protests turned violent as riot police used tear gas to disperse crowds in Cairo.

Egyptian security bodies arrested and ultimately released six foreigners during the protests accusing them of collaborating with the outlawed Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood Group to disturb public order and create a state of chaos throughout Egypt. They were also accused of providing financial support for terrorists and training them on how to use specialty weapons.

President Sisi, who served as the Defense Minister of Egypt prior to his presidency, won a second presidential term in 2018, winning 95% of the votes. In April 2019 an amendment to Egypt’s constitution passed allowing Sisi to extend his term as president until 2030.

In 2011 the Egyptian revolution overthrew President Hosni Mubarak who ruled Egypt for 30 years. One year later, a presidential election brought to power the first democratically elected president of Egypt Mohammad Morsi. Morsi, who died while in prison in June of 2019, belonged to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt.

Rami Almeghari

Rami Almeghari is a freelance independent writer, journalist and lecturer, based in the Gaza Strip. Rami has contributed in English to several media outlets worldwide, including print, radio and TV. He can be reached on facebook as Rami Munir Almeghari and on email as [email protected]

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