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Egyptian Popular Current criticises army statement on El-Sisi presidency options

Hamdeen Sabbahi's Nasserist movement repeats its call for a civilian president and for Field Marshall Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi to remain in the military

Ahram Online , Wednesday 29 Jan 2014
Leftist leader Hamdeen Sabahi
Leftist leader Hamdeen Sabbahi (Photo: Reuters)
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The Egyptian Popular Current has criticised the army's backing for a presidential bid by army chief Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi.

The Current, founded by Nasserist politician and former presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi, expressed "surprise" at the army's statement, which reflects, in the current's view, "clear interference in the upcoming presidential polls and Egypt's future political arrangements."

Such "interference" is at odds with the Current's outlook on the constitution and democracy, it said.

In a statement on Monday the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) said El-Sisi had "a mandate and an obligation" to run for president and empowered him to become a candidate.

The SCAF's statement entrenches the impression that El-Sisi is the army's candidate, which kills the spirit of real political competition and the people's right to choose their president, the Current said.

The military should not discuss the future political role of a serving soldier because it is prohibited from engaging in politics, the Current said.

The army's statement was particularly unwarranted, the Current added, because it did not actually confirm whether El-Sisi would stand for president.

The Current said its complaint stemmed from its concern for the military's integrity, which had aligned itself with the popular will in February 2011 and July 2013, when presidents Hosni Mubarak and Mohamed Morsi were ousted.

"The army's backing of a particular presidential candidate moves it from a position of national consensus and high standing to a place where it may be subject to disputes as it becomes a player in the political process," the statement said.

El-Sisi should continue as defence minister to guarantee the country's safety and its revolution, it added.

Hamdeen Sabbahi said in December that he would prefer El-Sisi to remain in the army, but also that he would respect political forces if they wanted the army chief to stand for president.

Sabbahi, who came third in last year's presidential poll, has said he will stand again in elections expected in the spring of 2014.

The 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 summer 2014, as detailed by the post-Morsi roadmap.
 

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Ahmed M ibrahim
30-01-2014 08:23am
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The Presidency
Contesting the presidency is the right of every eligible citizen. However it has to be admitted that the armed forces are part of the society and not an occupation force. In the meanwhile any one who has to contest the election as a civilian has to retire from the armed forces or obtain the necessary permission to do so. In any case it is the people who decide whom to vote for and contenders have to be discreet while seeking the mandate.
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sabri
30-01-2014 07:39am
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Complete Military Dictactorship
This will be a complete military dictactorship in Egypt. Sisi will be accused as a killer in many countries, how can he become a president. Under his coup, thousands already death, the biggest massacre in this modern era.
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Reason
29-01-2014 08:58pm
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Right on
The Popular Current's criticism of the military intervention into politics is warranted and reasonable. Civilian government is better than risking military fascism. Therefore it is better to have a civilian president like Sabbahi than to have the military plunge its fingers into even more aspects of decision making than it already has. To have the entire state campaigning for one particular candidate is highly inappropriate.
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Bubbly
29-01-2014 04:48pm
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Hypocracy
If the Army deposes an elected prsident,suspend the connstitution,appoints its own puppet president this not an interference because Army is doing it against your opponenant.If the same Army now openly nominate its Army Chief for presidency then it's interference.Dont cry now,you are they guys who rolled back the democray and invited the Army to become a political party in Egypt.
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optimistic
29-01-2014 04:31pm
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Difficult to say
I myself would also prefer a civilian president, but somehow the Egyptian People like to have a strong leader as president. Someone who plays a kind of father role. If the majority of Egyptians freely choose Al Sissi then it is their right to do so. I just hope that the actual and future leaders of the country try to convince their peoples by logical arguments and not by suppression. Good luck to Egypt and to a better future for all Egyptians.
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