Africa Intelligence reported on Wednesday that Gamal Mubarak, the son of former Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak, is considering challenging President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi in the 2024 elections.
The French intelligence website cited a “secret” meeting between Mubarak and Jonathan Cohen, a former US ambassador to Egypt. Cohen confirmed his encounter with Mubarak in news comments. He claimed, nonetheless, that there was no political discussion at the meeting. Cohen served as US Ambassador to Egypt from November 2019 until March 2022.
Mubarak was Secretary of the Policy Committee of the National Party before January 25, 2011, a revolution that overthrew his father. In May 2022, Mubarak appeared in a video speech, speaking of his family’s “innocence” of all accusations of financial corruption. The following Egyptian presidential elections are scheduled for 2024. Constitutional amendments in 2019 allowed Sisi to run for a third six-year term.