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El-Sisi run for Egypt's presidency 'a mandate and an obligation': SCAF

The Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF) says it has granted El-Sisi the right to run for president

Ahram Online , Monday 27 Jan 2014
SCAF and El Sisi
Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi (M) in the SCAF meeting (Photo: Facebook page of the armed forces' official spokesperson)
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The Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF) said it would let Egypt's defence minister Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi decide whether or not to run for president in accordance with "his sense of patriotism" and the "popular demands of the Egyptian people."

The statement, broadcast on Egypt's state-run TV as a voice recording, said that based on El-Sisi's efforts during these "historic times," SCAF considers the army chief's run for the presidency "a mandate and an obligation."

SCAF said that if El-Sisi is chosen as Egypt's next president, it will be based on the free will of the Egyptian people.

The statement said that, at the end of an emergency meeting, in which El-Sisi's presidential bid was discussed, he thanked the council for giving him the "right to respond to the call of duty."

The presidential elections are expected to take place between 17 February and 18 April.


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28-01-2014 07:45pm
El-Sisis vision is the past
The nomination and almost certain "election" of Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi for president, bears witness to the political immaturity of the country. A man who murders his adversaries, who throws them in jail, who bans the countries greatest political movement, clearly has no plan, no vision for the future. El-Sisis vision for Egypt is the past: Egypt under Mubarak, Egypt under Sadat.
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28-01-2014 02:02am
A sensible person
The people of Egypt will get the leadership that they deserve. Of the people who come out for the next Presidential election in Egypt, Sisi will get around 97 percent of the vote. In the parliamentary elections that follow, the candidates that support Sisi will get around 97 percent of the vote. At the end of the day, Egypt will know that wanting something is not the same as having something.
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