Ahmed Hossam Khairallah is a former deputy intelligence director.
A veteran of the Yemen conflict in the 1960s and the 1973 war with Israel, Khairallah served in Egyptian intelligence for 28 years before retiring in 2005. He is running on behalf of the “Democratic Peace Party.”
His father was the founder of Egypt’s Central Security Agency, a former governor of Aswan, and a former deputy prime minister. Khairallah currently serves as chairman of the Nile Investment Company and chairman of the New Cairo Club.
Former army chief-of-staff Magdy Hatata was also briefly touted as a potential presidential candidate before withdrawing from the contest in December following five days of violent street clashes between anti-government protesters and security forces.
Former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq also has a military background.
On the 14 March, the newspaper Al-Gomhurriya ran a front page headline reading, “Electoral bribes have begun being distributed in Port Said — LE30 per letter of notarization … First official complaint lodged against candidate Hossam Khairallah.” The candidates needed to get 30 000 signatures from citizens.
Many say that Khairallah is the army’s presidential candidate but he vehemently denies it.
Khairallah says that he followed the revolution closely but didn’t go to Tahrir Square because he said it wasn’t prudent, considering the delicate nature of his former posts.
According to the ex-Intelligence officer, ousted president Hosni Mubarak is guilty of undermining Egypt’s regional and international stature. He says that “available information suggested that Gamal Mubarak was not qualified to become Egypt’s next president. I was sure that Gamal was being groomed for the job, although he was a conceited man with no ideas of his own.”
He adds that “The army must restore the country’s sovereignty in Sinai.”