Campaign against Mubarak-era figures takes on presidential hopefuls

A campaign against political figures linked to former President Hosni Mubarak's regime has announced it will resume its activities to target presidential hopefuls.

Emsek Feloul, or Catch Regime Remnants, made several posts on its Facebook page Tuesday attacking potential presidential candidates, including former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq, former Arab League chief Amr Moussa and former intelligence chief Omar Suleiman, though the latter has not officially decided to run.

The campaign also defended Mohamed ElBaradei, a Nobel laureate and a reform advocate who recently withdrew his bid, saying he was among the first figures who mobilized peaceful opposition against the former regime.

The campaign launched its activities before the recently concluded parliamentary elections began in November, publishing on its website lists of candidates it affiliated to the formerly ruling National Democratic Party.

The 139,000-member campaign has a declared objective of exposing activities of former regime vestiges and their attempts to return to the political scene, as well as combating corruption.

Mubarak appointed Shafiq prime minister on 29 January last year in response to mass protests challenging his rule.

Shafiq remained in office for three weeks following Mubarak’s resignation. But with revolutionary protesters demanding the removal of all regime holdovers, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces dismissed him in a subsequent cabinet reshuffle.

Shafiq, 70, has largely disappeared from the public spotlight since then. A former commander of the Egyptian air force, he was selected as civil aviation minister in 2002 and served in that position until his appointment as prime minister.

Moussa, the former Arab League secretary general, has been criticized for links to Mubarak. He served as foreign minister under the former president from 1991 to 2001, when he was nominated by Egypt and elected head of the league.

Suleiman served as the head of the country's General Intelligence Services from 1993 until 29 January 2011, when Mubarak appointed him as vice president. Suleiman read the famous resignation speech on Mubarak’s behalf on 11 February last year.

Translated from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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