I wish I was Gamal Abdel Nasser, El-Sisi says

Ahram Online, Monday 5 May 2014

In his first ever TV interview, conducted jointly by anchors of the privately owned CBC and ONTV satellite stations, presidential hopeful Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said to those who compare him to the late president: I wish I was like Nasser. Nasser was not for Egyptians just a portrait on walls but a photo and voice carved in their hearts.

El-Sisi told Lamis El-Hadidi and Ibrahim Issa that he decided to join military school following the defeat of the Egyptian army at the hands of Israel in the 6-day war in 1967 after he was moved by the deep impact of the loss on the psyche of the Egyptian people.

The 59-year-old El-Sisi, a former head of military intelligence, said he would not rule the country as an intelligence officer because he was first and foremost an army officer who was trained as such to lead in any field.

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