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Sabbahi may still run for president despite potential competition with El-Sisi
Nasserist figure Sabbahi says his decision to run in this year's presidential elections will not depend on whether General El-Sisi nominates himself as a candidate; the latter said hours earlier he might run for president
Ahram Online, Saturday 11 Jan 2014
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Hamdeen Sabahi
Leftist leader Hamdeen Sabahi speaks during an interview with Reuters in Cairo, April 29, 2013 (Photo: Reuters)

Nasserist politician Hamdeen Sabbahi said on Saturday that he may still run in the coming presidential elections, stressing that his decision to compete will not depend on whether army chief Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi also runs.

Sabbahi said in a televised interview with MBC Egypt that he still stands by his decision to run in the presidential race if there is consensus on his candidacy from "the revolutionary forces." 

He reiterated that he is also willing to back another candidate who gains consensus, if he agrees with their political programme, their presidential team and their supporters.

The Nasserist figure said he would not back a presidential candidate whose team included members of the Muslim Brotherhood. 

A founding member of the Egyptian Popular Current, Sabbahi came third in the 2012 presidential elections, after the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi (eventual winner) and Mubarak-era politician Ahmed Shafiq.

El-Sisi, who is heard of Egypt’s armed forces, said publically on Sunday that he would run in the elections, slated for mid-2014, "if the people request it."

Sabbahi stated that he is the only candidate who has "linked his candidacy with the goals of the revolution and not with whether El-Sisi will be running for the presidential post."

He warned against "Mubarak-era corrupt [sympathisers] who want to hijack the 30 June revolution."

Mass protests against the presidency of Mohamed Morsi took place on 30 June last year, triggering his ouster.

Sabbahi had earlier said he would back a presidential bid by El-Sisi, who was a "popular hero,” but in December appeared to change his mind, stating thathe would prefer the army chief stick to military matters, but that he would respect political forces if they wanted him to run.

The Egyptian Popular Current has already launched a campaign to promote Sabbahi as the "revolution's candidate."

Parliamentary and presidential elections are expected to take place by the summer of 2014, as detailed by the post-Morsi roadmap.

A referendum on the recently amended constitution is due to take place on 14 and 15 January.





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Alejandro
12-01-2014 08:21pm
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Sabahi vs Sisi
Sabahi is more democratic than Sisi and thus is a better candidate. He also supports a less repressive and violent form of government that does Sisi. Khaled Ali would be best; way, way better than Sisi and his failing cabinet. Khaled Ali would be a real presidential, not just another egotistical military dictator in waiting.
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Sobia
12-01-2014 04:42pm
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Funny
"I will only run if people/revolutionary forces and Army support me or back me " what does it mean..? These are the most common and frequent pharases made by Gen.CC & Sobohi.How would you people want you to be president..? and why you need approval and backing from the Army and revolutionary forces..??? If you run for the presidency its for all Egyptian not for revolutionary or Armed forces and if you are looking for People's demand and request that only come and known through ballot papers.How would Sobohi and Gen CC would know majority of the Egyptian want them to be president...? If you mean signatures as you did for revoming Morsy and same way become president then you don't need to fool the Egyptian and make a election or refrendum drama.
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Tarik Toulan
12-01-2014 12:30am
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An outdated ideology
I do not think Nasserism is valid any more in today's Egypt. The Egyptians had experimented this half-baked ideology for some two decades following the 1952 revolution, and it virtually boiled down to mere rhetoric with no future vision or serious planning for the country's development. Egypt today, with the many challenges and complexities ahead of it, is in dire need of a pragmatic administration capable of taking well-thought practical decisions. Sorry, Mr Sabbahi! Time is not in your favor.
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CanuckDriss
12-01-2014 12:08am
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Only if the people say so!
"I will only run if my candidacy is backed by the revolutonary forces" Sabahi "I will only run if my candidacy is backed by the people and the army" Sisi Are these guys serious? They either want to run or not! It kind of remind me my first experience in Cairo when I was about to pay for my drink and the waitor insisted not to. I was puzzled thinking it was an irrational generosity, I ended up on paying for my drink but learned that it was just a "common courtesy" and not meant literally. It's about time some sincerity kicks in both culturally and politically!!!
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