Position: Former chief of staff, Egyptian Armed Forces
Biography: Magdi Hatata, aged 70, is the former chief of staff of the Egyptian Armed Forces. He is currently working with consultants to create a programme for political, economic and social development and is expected to run for the presidency.
Hatata served as army chief of staff until 2001. Previously, Hatata was commander of the second field army and head of Arab Organisation for Industrialisation and the Republican Guard. He was involved in the 1973 war against Israel.
Hatata was against the constitutional amendments that were voted for by majority of Egyptians in the 11 March referendum. Hatata advocates the creation of a new constitution and supports the freedom to establish political parties.
He teaches at the Egyptian Army’s Command and General Staff College. Hatata has a master of arts in military science and a fellowship of the Nasser Military Academy’s Higher War College.