Position:Chairman, El-Ghad party
Biography: Ayman Nour, aged 46, is chairman of the El-Ghad party. Nour graduated from Mansurah University in Egypt with a degree in law and began his career in journalism in the 1980s. He wrote for El-Wafd paper, a well known opposition newspaper named after the El-Wafd party.
Nour moved into politics in the 1990s and served as a member of the Egyptian parliament from 1995 to 2005. He formed the El-Ghad party in 2004 in order to run for the presidency in 2005. Nour came second in the presidential poll, getting 8 per cent of the vote, compared with incumbent president Hosni Mubarak’s 89 per cent. Nour alleged that the vote had been rigged. He was later imprisoned by Mubarak on charges of forging signatures to register the El-Ghad party. He was released from prison in 2009 on health grounds.
Following the overthrow of Mubarak’s regime, Nour has stated his intention to run for the presidency once more.