The privately owned Al-Masry Youm daily reported on Monday that former Defense Minister and presidential candidate Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has reduced his campaign size to fend off claims of over-expenditure.
According to the newspaper, Sisi's campaign team has now been reduced to four main executives. Amr Moussa, the former head of the 2013 constitutional committee, and Mahmoud Karem, an ambassador, have been kept on the team, along with two members who have yet to be identified.
Sources close to Sisi said he prefers a campaign that is less official and more popular in nature. Al-Masry Al-Youm also reported that some of his supporters have objected to the way members of his official campaign were chosen, overlooking the popular campaigns supporting his bid even before he announced that he would run.
The original official campaign had reportedly included figures such as Mostafa Abdel Gelil, a member of the Egyptian Association for Change that stood against deposed President Hosni Mubarak, Khaled Youssef, a filmmaker, and Amr al-Shobaky, a political scientist, among others.
Some analysts have repeatedly said that Sisi's campaign is built upon his widespread popularity and, accordingly, he doesn't need an official campaign or an electoral program.