Nov 28th, 2012 by sfs
Dr. Abdel-Moneim Abol Fotouh was one of the leading candidates in the Egyptian presidential elections held last May. He has an M.D. degree and is a physician by training. He also has a degree in law and a Masters degree in Business Management. He has been the president of the Arab Medical Association since 2004. Dr. Abol Fotouh was also a well known student and civic leader since the 1970s. He was a vocal voice against dictatorship and corruption during the Mubarak regime and consequently was imprisoned for several years because of his political opposition. Dr. Abol Fotouh was also a former leader of the Muslim Brotherhood and served in a leadership position within the group for over two decades. He resigned from the group in April 2011 after announcing his candidacy for president shortly after the fall of the Mubarak regime. Dr. Abol Foutoh is considered a liberal Islamic leader and is well known for his moderate positions on the most contentious issues facing Egyptian society such as the role of Islam as well women and minorities in Egyptian society. He is considered by many as a bridge between Islamic, liberal, and leftist parties in Egypt. Dr. Abol Fotouh has just announced the establishment of a new party, Strong Egypt, which has attracted the tens of thousands of Egyptian youth who joined his presidential campaign. This new party considers itself economically progressive and socially moderate, and intends to contest the upcoming parliamentary elections early next year.