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El-Sisi would run for president 'if the people request it'

General El-Sisi, head of the armed forces, also called on Egyptians to take part in next week's constitutional referendum

MENA, Ahram Online, Saturday 11 Jan 2014
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Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim and career diplomat Amr Moussa were among the civilian attendees of the lecture on Saturday, 11 January (Photo: Military spokesman's Facebook page)
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Egypt’s top military leader, General Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, has said that he would consider running for the presidency if it were "at the request of the people."

"If I run for presidency, it would be by the request of the people and by a mandate from my army, as we work within a democracy," El-Sisi, who is also defence minister, said at a lecture on Sunday, according to the state-run MENA agency.

A number of popular campaigns, including one called "By the Command of the People," have been set up to lobby for El-Sisi to run for the presidency in the upcoming elections, expected by mid-2014.

Some campaigns have suggested the general should become president via referendum, instead of through elections.

El-Sisi became a popular figure since taking a visible role in the 3 July ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi, announcing on television that Morsi had "failed to meet the demands of the people" following mass protests across the nation against his rule.

On 24 July, El-Sisi publically called on Egyptians to "mandate" the armed forces and police to crackdown on violence and terrorism, by holding demonstrations. Huge crowds took to the streets in response to his request.

In his Sunday speech, which was broadcast on national television, El-Sisi also called on Egyptians to "uphold their national duty by voting in large numbers" in the draft constitution referendum.

Egyptians are scheduled to vote on the amended constitution on 14 and 15 January. The previous text – passed under Morsi – was suspended on his ouster.

El-Sisi stated on Saturday that voting on the referendum would "correct the democratic path and build a democratic modern state that satisfies all Egyptian."

Egypt is on the eve of a landmark in its history, as the world awaits the implementation of the first steps of the roadmap after two unique revolutions that impressed the world with their peacefulness, El-Sisi added.

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abdulrahman
12-01-2014 06:14pm
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Al Sisi As Candidate For President
Yes Al Sisi must be a candidate for President on condition that he resigns from all his current official posts and cut all official ties with the Armed Forces. There should be no other candidate and the ballot paper should only provide with a yes or no vote which would be similar to the Mubarak era. The coup regime should now commence campaigning for him and conduct mass. arrests of those dissenting.
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Canadaian
12-01-2014 07:29am
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Unbelievable
This is unbelievable, 3 years gone to waste.. it will all be back to the same way it was before. Are there no good men/women in Egypt to lead the country at all? It seems the two options are either the military or the islamists, both worse than each other. Good luck Egypt!
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CanuckDriss
11-01-2014 11:55pm
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Here we go again!
Not shocking news! I wonder what the pro-coup apologists are thinking right now, especially those who are being imprisoned under the new anti-protest law. The irony is not lost on most of them by substituting a military dictator with another. The Egyptian revolution of 2011 was high on emotions, low on strategic thinking. It was certainly naive in thinking the military as the ultimate elite in Egypt was with the people against Mubarak dictatorship. It couldn't have been since their interests were different between the status quo and real change. I am seriously thinking that what the people need is not democracy because you need a certain civic education to appreciate it. What's needed is development driven education which would lead people to better their lives and then ease up on political rights.The average Egyptian doesn't really care about how much political freedom they enjoy if their stomach is empty and lack basic health care!!! Back to square one!
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Khalid
11-01-2014 10:06pm
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End of the Arab Spring..?????
This might be an stab in the back of Jan 2011 revolution but in case deep state or old regime goons thinks that they will again supress the Egyptian for decades then they are ignorants or fools.This is a begining of a new revolution a new struggle.The old regime tactfully divided the the country b/w Islamist & non Islamist, revolutionries and non revolutionaries, muslim & copts etc..but Egyptian will re-unite for the final blow to this facist regime forever.May God save Egypt
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Nooman
11-01-2014 09:56pm
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Why does this not suprise me ?
This story is turning out so predictably. Mubarak was a military ruler/President who was overthrown to try and give Egypt a 'democracy'. It got it, but didn't like who was democratically elected, especially since Morsi was a threat to the back stage rule of the Military. So, they over throw him with the 'popular mandate'...and now who is coming back to rule ? The Military general who himself overthrew Morsi, again with the help of the 'popular mandate'. Looks like he and his children will now rule Egypt for the next 100 years! Egyptians should have removed Morsi by the ballot within the next 4 years if they truly didn't like him and reversed any perceived changes they made in the Constitution democratically....now they can never do that since they are back to square one!
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frishibly
11-01-2014 07:44pm
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good luck egypt revolution
cat jump in the bag.... another sadat, nasser, mubarak come in..... good luck egyption another deep and dictator state....
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Masr
12-01-2014 12:31am
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Enough
Don't you ikhwani puppets see the response to your comments? Overwhelming thumbs down. El sisi is wanted by the people. Nasser Sadat and even Mubarak was a Thausand times better than the Khomeini want to be Morsi the ikhwani puppet.
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