Egyptian to Run for Office in UK
A British citizen of Egyptian origin has announced that he will run as an independent in the upcoming general elections in the country.
According to Al Ahram Arabic daily, this is not the first time that Omar Saleem, a PhD holder in electrical engineering, has nominated himself for the elections. But this time he is more optimistic, the paper quoted him as saying.
Saleem told the paper that in 1997, he won 310 votes out of the total of 2,100 in a constituency dominated by the Conservatives in North Hampshire.
Saleem challenged incumbent premier, Tony Blair, to a public debate at which he said he would prove that the British electoral law in effect since 1883 is not democratic.
Saleem, who owns a medical care establishment, accused the local authorities of hindering his campaign on grounds on discrimination.
He also said that the media was focusing on the major parties, ignoring the independents, who have only one seat in the current parliament - Albawaba.com